Beyond a report on the litany of injured Eagles, head coach Andy Reid also hinted Friday that safety
"I think you could say that," Reid said. "Now, listen, I haven't sat down and talked with [defensive coordinator] Todd [Bowles] about that but I would tell you that he's played good football. Good enough to be considered at keeping him in that position."
As for the aforementioned injury report, tight end
The same cannot be said for running back
The final injury note pertains to left guard
"He's doing a little bit better today," Reid said. "He's a tough kid and he's worked through the ankle situation and I'm sure he'll continue to do that. There will be some tweaks here and there with it but he battled through it and I'd say he's had one of the better years of his career. I know the young guys feed off of that and look up to him."
As for Vick, Reid said that he hasn't yet decided whether the dynamic left-hander will be active as the backup quarterback this week or not. Reid first wants to see how Vick handles the week of practice.
"I haven't gotten that far yet, but he'll be able to practice," said Reid. "I've got to look at the numbers and how that goes. So, we'll see."
Though Thursday night's 34-13 loss was certainly a disappointment, the performance of the defense offered some good to take away. After all, each of the Bengals' scoring drives was a direct result of an Eagles turnover (or blocked punt) and began in Eagles' territory. The defensive line also broke out with six sacks and forced two takeaways. The defense has surely taken a step forward over the last two games, which coincides with the change along the defensive line.
"The guys are playing the combination game," Reid said of the post-wide-nine defense. "They're playing both the run and the pass and doing a good job of transitioning from their gap responsibilities for the run into the pass game, but still being able to hold your ground on the run. They're still being put into a nine technique in pass situations but they're being kicked down in a couple different looks in situations where it could be run or pass.
"It takes a bit of pressure off the safeties in particular, but in all those toss-cracks that you were seeing, it takes it off the corner in that particular play. It allows them to do a little bit better things with what they can do physically."
One of the players who has emerged of late is defensive end
"Yeah, I do," he said. "You're talking about one of the faster guys on the football team and explosive. He's got speed, and he's got a good attitude. It's just a matter of getting him in there and giving him an opportunity."
Finally, Reid analyzed the difference in play from linebacker
"He had a couple nice breakups yesterday in nickel coverage," Reid said. "On one of them he was covering the tight end and was spectacular, which was the SAM linebacker position [and] the same one before the switch. But at WILL he looks more comfortable. That's kind of his natural position. I thought he did a good job there for the most part yesterday."
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