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Sleeping Giants: Casey's TD A Brilliant Call

Posted Oct 12, 2014

The Eagles broke open Sunday night's big win over the Giants with a touchdown pass to an unlikely receiver.

Tight end James Casey caught his first touchdown pass since joining the Eagles in the spring of 2013 and his first overall since December 2, 2012, on a play that looked almost as easy as the veteran said it was.

"Nobody even covered me, I was wide open," Casey said with a laugh after the game.

The second-quarter touchdown was intentionally set up in the first half, and over the past few weeks, Casey explained.

The Eagles have been running a particular play that involves Casey setting crash blocks at the line of scrimmage as the running back takes the handoff and goes on a stretch run behind a row of blockers.

"It was one of those plays where we designed it - Coach (Pat) Shurmur, Coach (Chip) Kelly, the offensive coaches designed it - where I come down," Casey explained. "I've been doing that on and off, from week to week, last season and this season, so I'm sure they've seen film on me coming down and cracking those guys."

Casey said the Eagles ran the same play a few times early in the game, in the first quarter and early in the second, with the intention of setting up the play-action pass at some point.

Midway through the second quarter that time came.

After faking a handoff to running back Darren Sproles, quarterback Nick Foles looked upfield to find Casey wide open and heading towards the end zone with no defenders in reach of the tight end.

"They probably just thought it was that run again," Casey explained.

He caught safety Quintin Demps unprepared to defend the pass and by the time any Giants defenders were within an arm's reach of Casey, the sixth-year tight end was in the end zone, his team now up 17-0 on New York.

"It's one of those plays where it's better to be lucky than good, but be prepared when you are lucky," Casey said.

In this case, the Eagles gladly took a little bit of both.

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