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CB Maxwell Has Tough Time In Atlanta

Posted Sep 14, 2015

ATLANTA – When you play the kind of defense the Eagles played on Monday night in Atlanta, there are going to be plays made against you. It happened to cornerback Byron Maxwell in the 26-24 loss and, really, to an entire secondary that gave up 298 passing yards and two touchdowns to quarterback Matt Ryan.

“They’re good and they’re going to get theirs,” Maxwell said of wide receivers Julio Jones (nine catches, 141 yards, two touchdowns) and Roddy White (four catches, 84 yards). “We battled out there. They just have some good receivers and they know how to get open and get the football.”

Maxwell, the featured signing in free agency, was targeted often by Ryan and he gave up plenty of catches. Not all of it was on him, of course, and Maxwell was credited with a pass defense, but it was not the kind of Eagles debut he had in mind. The Eagles used a lot of man-to-man coverage in the secondary, and the inability of the front seven to pressure Ryan, combined with the high quality of receivers the Eagles played against, led to some damage done from the Atlanta passing game.

“It’s going to happen and you have to learn from it and move on,” he said. “I will give them credit for making plays. They did it to us. They got up on us. I thought we came back and got back into the game and slowed them down, but it wasn’t enough.”

After allowing 20 points in the first half, the Eagles gave up just two field goals in the final 30 minutes. However, three of those points came after the Eagles took a 24-23 lead and they were set up by a Ryan connection to Jones against Maxwell that gained 44 yards, moving Atlanta into Eagles territory.

“He had an inside release and it was a fade pass,” Maxwell said. “Good play. They executed it and got us on that one.”

Maxwell has a short memory, though, and he’s ready to rebound when Dallas comes to town on Sunday. It’s his first exposure to the NFC East as a member of the Eagles and the challenge of quarterback Tony Romo.

“We’ll be ready,” he said. “It’s a short week. This loss stings, but we will bounce back and be ready for the Cowboys, for sure.”

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