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Game Vs. Jaguars: Head Coach Andy Reid

On injuries sustained during the game: "(FS Antoine) Harris has a Lisfranc sprain on his foot, and he'll have an MRI in the morning. (FS Quintin) Demps had a knee sprain. (RB) Eldra Buckley came out for a little bit with sore ribs, but he went back in."

On the victory: "All in all, I thought it was a good effort. There obviously are some things that we need to work on. We need to do a better job in the red zone. It was nice to get (K) David (Akers) some kicks, but not that many. When you work hard to get into the red zone, you want to make sure you punch it in. The kickoff return units, in particular the second and third groups, need some work. All in all, I thought the effort was there. The (starting) defense only got six plays, but they played well for those six. The offense was able to sustain some drives which really cut down on the first quarter."

On the play of Mike McGlynn at center: "It looked like he did pretty well. I was trying to focus on him a little bit. It was a little tough, but I tried to take a peak at him. It looked like he did a decent job."

On whether the offensive line was able to form a good pocket for Kevin Kolb: "They did, and there were lanes where he was able to step up and take off and run when he chose to. He had nice lanes, because (the offensive line) was able to extend the pocket. That is always good."

On whether there was an extra level of excitement for tonight's game: "With the newness of the team and all the young players, there was an excitement that you normally don't see in the first preseason game. It wasn't just (QB) Kevin (Kolb). All of the players were curious to have an opportunity to play together in a real game. I liked the energy. That's a good thing. Kevin was fired up and ready to go."

On Ken Parrish handling all of the punting and kickoff duties in the game: "We have Ken here in camp, so I wanted to check out his kickoffs and give him an opportunity to punt. I just wanted to see where we are there. We have him in camp, and I want to find out, so that's what I did."

On whether he considered letting the first team offense play longer: "The timing was good. It was right there at the end of the quarter with a big play. You have to stay as disciplined as you can as a coach in those situations. You have to go in with a number (of plays) and a time that you've given those guys. They were efficient when given the opportunity, so I just said that was enough."

On the play of quarterback Michael Vick: "The obvious thing is the turnovers. You can't have the turnovers that we had. But he did some good things in there too. It's just a matter of him continuing to play, and he'll be fine."

On the play of rookie wide receiver Chad Hall: "I mentioned in the press conference (the other day) that I thought when given the opportunity, he could play all of the positions – running back, receiver, and the return game. I thought he excelled in all of them. He was a secure catcher of punts, and it looked like he made good decisions in terms of when to let the ball go and when to fair catch it. He also had a nice play from the receiver position and he ran the ball well. I thought he had a productive day."

On whether he would have liked for the first team defense to play more than just six snaps: "I would have liked to, but they will pick them up as we go down the road here."

On the offseason work of CB Asante Samuel: "I thought he had a great offseason. He really focused in on getting stronger. He told (the media) that he was going to do that, and I know he did that. He's transferred that onto the field. He's been physical in camp, and he was physical in the game today. I know he can break up balls and intercept balls, and he was a phenomenal hitter in college, so I know he can do that too. I thought he played a complete game today."

On the play of the offensive line: "I thought for the most part, they played well. I couldn't look at them all at the same time, but it looked like they did a decent job up front – both in the run and the pass game."

On whether he personally was anxious for this game: "I put on a new-wave bowling-type shirt, and I went out and coached."

On young players that impressed him in the game: "I'll look at the tape on that. It looked like (WR) Chad Hall did a nice job. It looked like (WR Riley) Cooper made a couple of nice plays. It looked link (CB Trevard) Lindley did a nice job at the corner spot. He was close to having a pick there, and he sure broke on the ball in a clutch time, which was important. When we needed a play, he wasn't passive, and he put himself in position for us to potentially have a huge turnover."

On whether things felt the same to him during the game tonight: "From my standpoint, it did. I don't know what it looked like or other people perceived it to be, but it seemed like there was great energy and confidence. It was great to see the guys on the sideline who were not in the game supporting the younger guys when they were in the game. When the ones came out, they were all off the bench supporting the twos and the threes, which you like to see. That was encouraging."

On whether Clay Harbor is currently the second tight end on the depth chart: "I think there is a battle for that second spot. We'll just see how it plays out. Today, he was the second tight end."

On the return of TE Cornelius Ingram from injury: "I think he's feeling pretty good. We'll see how he does as the preseason progresses. This is the first game that he's played in for a while. It was good to get him in there and let him play. It's always a little bit faster once you get in the game. As the preseason goes on and he continues to stay healthy, good things will happen for him."

On how FS Quintin Demps was injured: "I believe it was on a coverage, not on a return."

On rookie DE Brandon Graham coming close to sacking the quarterback: "He does a great job of pushing up in the pocket. I thought both he and JP (DE Juqua Parker) had good pressure, and (Jaguar quarterback David) Garrard stepped up in the pocket very well. He was just an arm's distance away. You can count the steps on when the defensive end is supposed to make a break on the quarterback, and it looked like he was right on time. It just looked like the quarterback did a good job of pushing up."

On calling long pass plays downfield for rookie quarterback Mike Kafka: "We wanted to give him an opportunity to throw down the field. He had one completion where (Jacksonville) botched the coverage a little bit. He was short on a couple of passes, which he normally isn't because he has a strong arm. We wanted to give him an opportunity to do that."

On QB Kevin Kolb throwing on the run: "That was one of the things he did very well in college. He does a nice job of keeping his eyes down the field and looking for receivers. The nice thing was that the offensive line created seams for him to be able to push up and move and throw. He's good on the run. He does a nice job with that."

On whether he was relieved by the play of the offensive line: "We need to continue to work. We need to keep getting the guys back healthy that are banged up. But for the first preseason game, for a quarter, I thought they did well. I thought the young guys came in and they were productive. It looked like they did a decent job. But it's one game."

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