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Game Vs. Patriots: Locker Room

C Jason Kelce

On how it felt to get back out there: "It was awesome. It was the first time I have gotten out there since last season. There was a lot of emotion before the game and a lot of guys were welcoming me back, so it was a great feeling."

On what the offense felt like once they were able to get in a rhythm: "It feels great, especially when we do the up-tempo stuff. I did a bit of that in college. Once you start clicking in a no-huddle situation, you really put the defense in a bind. It makes our job on offense a lot easier. It was a really great feeling today."

On whether he could sense that the defense was forced to guess more once the team sped up the tempo: "Yeah, and that is what the whole point of an up-tempo offense. You can see the defensive player a little bit gassed, sucking for air, so you know you got them a little bit on their heels. This was really not the true offense or defense that both teams are going to run, but it was good to be out there and get that simulation of a game situation.

QB Matt Barkley

On how he would evaluate his play tonight: "I thought it started a little slow and then it finished on a great note. I think it was great to get in that no-huddle rhythm. That is how we have been practicing every day, so that is what I am used to. When (head coach) Chip (Kelly) got into that tempo package, I felt like I did better. I was much more in sync with what was going on. It felt right."

On whether that means he is becoming a Chip Kelly quarterback, now that he is more comfortable in a fast tempo offense: "It may, but I think it just says that I have learned to play the way that he has been coaching. It's the way we have been practicing and it has worked. So, it kind of threw me for a loop when we were huddling up tonight. It's not an excuse for some of the throws I made tonight, but I did feel much more in rhythm when we got going."

On whether he thinks Chip was throwing the team for a little loop on purpose by slowing down the offense tonight: "No, I don't think that is what it was. I think he was just trying to start slow, but he eventually got excited and went up-tempo and we all felt better for it."

On what it was like to be playing in a game again: "It was exciting. It felt comfortable and normal. It felt like it was a thing to be doing on a Friday night. The stadium was great."

On being given less reps in practice this week and how it affected his play tonight: "A little bit. I think that may have contributed to the slow start, but I feel happy the way we finished and that we improved with those guys out there."

On whether tonight felt similar to his first games in high school and college: "It kind of did. This is the next stage and it's a bigger stage. This is the highest level. I got the jitters out and I can move forward from here."

WR Greg Salas

On whether scoring against his old team made it feel any sweeter: "Yeah, it did actually. I have plenty of friends on (the Patriots) who congratulated me afterwards and I talk to. It was great to get out there and play against them. It was great to get out there and play, period."

On his one-handed catch in the 4th quarter: "(QB G.J. Kinne) just put it out there and I made a play on the ball. I went up there and snagged it."

On how it feels to be the first MVP of the preseason: "It doesn't really mean much until it's the regular season. But it feels great to get out there and make some plays."

On what he showed the coaches tonight: "I am happy. I could have done a little better. You always look at the things you can improve on. This is a good first step."

On his touchdown: "My blocker in front of me, he made a great block. It takes an entire offense to make plays. I just tried to get up field; I saw that the inside was open, so I headed in that direction. I made a juke move and luckily it worked out."

WR Riley Cooper

On how he felt tonight: "I felt great. It was great to get the first-game jitters out of the way. It felt good."

On whether he had first game jitters: "I'm nervous before every game, but it's good to get out there, run around and get in a game situation."

On whether he believes the offense has the potential to be explosive: "We have potential. We obviously made mistakes out there tonight, but we are going to go out there tomorrow and check the film, correct it and move on from there."

On how he feels the quarterbacks played tonight: "Everyone looked good. Everyone can run this offense. So, I guess they are just splitting time right now and time will tell."

On how he felt the fans reacted to him tonight: "I don't know. I didn't pay any attention. I know I had that one catch and people said it was a good reaction."

DE Vinny Curry

On whether he feels people got to see the type of player that he really is: "Yeah, in a way. Like I said, we've been practicing hard all week. I just try to take things in stride and take things as they go. I just try to do the things that I can control. When it's my time to make a play, I try to do it with excellence at all times."

On whether he feels this new defensive system is one he can have success with: "I just want to be on the field with these guys. I just want to prove to myself and to everybody that I'm a worthy player, so I'm going to continue to work."

On how much different tonight felt compared to this time a year ago: "I'm way more confident in myself. This year just feels good. I feel better about myself. I've bought in right from the beginning and I've been working hard, so I'm glad I got to see it start to pay off tonight."

DE Fletcher Cox

On how he felt tonight went for himself and the starting defensive unit: "As we got into a rhythm through our 15 plays, I think we started to get the feel of everything. This is a team we fought and now we have to go watch film on Sunday to learn how to correct and learn things."

On whether New England's yardage in the first quarter was gained because of the Eagles' defense or because QB Tom Brady and the Patriots were more talented: "It's a game, stuff happens. They had a few big runs that led to a lot of yardage. Those big runs just killed us. We just got to go in and see what happened on those plays and figure out how to correct it."

On how the defense has challenged itself over the offseason and up to this point to improve from last season: "It is a challenge. Last year is behind us and now we need to focus on this year. It's a new coaching staff, new defensive sets and new players—so, we all need to come together as a team."

T Lane Johnson

On how important it was for the offense to get off to a good start with the first team: "That was our main goal. We just wanted to get out here and see where we were at. Things went well for us, we did do some good things and we'll come into next week and keep trying to improve."

On what his first NFL playing experience was like: "It's kind of hard to explain. You've been watching all of your life and then finally you're right out there in the huddle and it's like a surreal experience. It was real fun. It felt good to get my first one done with just to get that feeling out of the way. It was great."

On what the up-tempo style of offense was like: "Honestly, it hurts your lungs, but when you see the defense is coming and you know that they're out of breath, you go for the throat, I guess."

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