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Game Vs. Panthers: Eagles Defense

DE Trent Cole

On whether tonight gave a good glimpse of what the defense can be like: "Not really. I know it can be a whole lot better than today because we were kind of under the weather. It's a good bluebird day. I think we can make it look even better than what it was today. It was great today. I think we played well today. We'll just go into Saturday and have a good practice and look forward to next week's preseason game. There are some areas that we need to improve on as far as the whole team. I'm very happy about tonight and we're off to a start."

On the pass rush and whether it needs to pick up: "I think we did pretty well. That's got to be great for an offensive lineman to have an offense like they have. They've got guys who can work with a three-step drop and, with a three-step drop, you really don't have to do too much. It's hard for a pass rusher to get back there on a three-step drop. You need to get the quarterback to hold the ball longer so that we can get back there and get to him. It can be done and it's impossible at the same time with guys doing a three-step drop."

On whether you need to know going into a game that it's going to be a tough day: "No, you don't want to think about those things. You just need to go in there and get it done; get to the quarterback where you can. That's what it's all about. On any one of those plays, he can three-step drop and hold the ball and you need to get to him. It's just that one time that he'll hold it."

On the glimpses of what this defense can do and whether the players are excited: "Yeah. That's going to come during that first regular season game. I look forward to our defense dominating people out there. We have a good group of guys back there with (CBs) Asante (Samuel), Lito (Sheppard) and Sheldon (Brown). We have better guys than we've had back there, as well as the linebacker corps and the defensive line."

LB Justin Roland

On how much of a thrill it is to run back an interception for a touchdown on national television: "It was cool. I have my whole family watching back home. You just want to go out there and make plays. That's the name of the game. To be able to make a play in a big situation like that, it's good."

On how much his play tonight does for his status with the team: "I'm hoping a lot. I came in as a free agent and it's a deep linebacking corps. Everyone's good and you just try to fit in where you can. Wherever that is, I just want to find it and fit in."

On what he was thinking about when he was running with the ball after his interception: "I was just trying to go to the house with it. I didn't care how I got there, I was just going to the house with it."

On when he knew he would get to the end zone: "I turned around and I saw that (S) Quintin Demps had my back. He had the block for me and, after that, I turned around and they looked like they were as tired as I was - the Panthers players - so I knew I was good."

CB Lito Sheppard

On making a statement in front of the home crowd with his interception: "It felt good, I'll tell you that. I said from the get-go I am who I am and the play don't lie, so we're just going to see how it goes from here."

On his play talking for him: "Of course, you look at my history, what bad can you say other than I missed a couple games but it's the NFL who don't? But, you know, I just go out and do what I do and continue to show that I am that guy."

On the fans having his back: "It feels good, you know, it definitely lets you know that you're doing something right. With that said, I want to continue to go out and do my job and do it to the best and at a high level."

LB Joe Mays

On playing in front of Philadelphia fans: "It felt great to play in front of these great Philly fans that I've been hearing about and I have my first taste of it just a little bit, you know, because most of them left, but it was still loud of what we had."

On how the fans treated him: "It was cool. They got loud when you made plays and I didn't hear any booing yet which I've been hearing about I just got up here but, you know, it's always a good thing."

On the lightning delay: "I was in North Dakota I've never even been to a practice where they cancelled practice because it was snowing hard. So it was something a little different, you know, we come in and we're just sitting around. We just have to get warm and get ready to go out there and play."

On his progression: "I feel like I'm getting better. I'm still making mistakes, you know, I'm a rookie I guess I have room for error, but I'm just trying to limit my mistakes and go out there and just play as hard as I can."

CB Asante Samuel

On Samuel, Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown getting comfortable with each other: "We were definitely comfortable. I don't know what the gameplan is for the season. We're rotating, you know, that's fine; everybody is happy and everybody is doing a good job. I think it's something positive for the team, definitely. I think it will be one of the stronger points of the team, I definitely do."

On his role increasing heading into next week's game: "I don't know what the coaches got. What they ask of me, you know, I am willing to do."

On the defense this year: "I think it will be a real good defense. The coaches are aggressive; they like to attack the offense and, you know, that's all you can ask for when you play cornerback. Hopefully you can rattle the quarterback and make him throw some messed up balls and get your hands on it."

On breaking up the pass on the first series: "It was real good, you know, not only for your confidence but just to be out there for your team and show them that you are who you are, you make plays. That's what I do, that's what I'm here to do and that's what they brought me here to do so I got to keep going."

DT Trevor Laws

On the lightning delay: "I've never been through a delay like that, it's kind of crazy. You're in the locker room, you know, not knowing what's going to happen, but everything worked out and we got the win so it was good."

On what the team was doing in the locker room during the weather delay: "Hanging out. Just waiting for the word when Coach (Andy) Reid would tell us to go out on the field. Try to stay loose and be ready to go."

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