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Jones Hopes Interception Is Just The Beginning

The Eagles signed veteran safety Sean Jones in the off-season with the idea that he could be a physical force around the line of scrimmage and still be rangy enough to snag an interception here and there.

Spending his first five seasons playing for a struggling Cleveland franchise, Jones had back-to-back 100 tackle seasons in 2006 and 2007. He also ranks fourth among all NFL safeties with 15 interceptions since 2006.

The 15th interception, and first as an Eagle, came last Sunday when Jones snared a Jay Cutler pass that was tipped into the air by linebacker Tracy White to seal the win over the Bears. It was the Eagles' first forced turnover in two games. Jones is hoping that this turnover is the first of many for him in the push for the postseason.

"I believe I'm getting more comfortable each and every week in our defense and with my teammates that I'm out there playing with," Jones said. "This defense requires a lot of communication, a lot of talk between players. I think the coaches and the players have done a great job as far as being on the same page and communicating, not only during the game but during the week preparing each and every week."

The Eagles are 6-4 entering today's game against the Redskins. It's an important game for the Eagles if they want to keep pace with NFC East-leading Dallas and wild card contender Green Bay as both teams won their respective games on Thanksgiving. The Redskins are 3-7 and not in any position for the playoffs, but are deadly in the role of spoiler.

"Their record doesn't really speak to how well they've been playing," Jones said. "They're playing pretty good football. We definitely have to be ready."

Jones has never been on a playoff team. The Browns went 10-6 in 2007, which was good for second place in the AFC North but not enough for a wild card spot.

Macho Harris opened the season as the starting free safety, but Jones took over for Harris against the Giants on Nov. 1 and hasn't looked back since. He wants to expand his role to help his positionmate Quintin Mikell.

"I'm going to take a step up as far as making plays and being a more vocal safety out there," Harris said. "I'm getting more and more comfortable with the defense every week. Starting now, I'm going to be more vocal and get people lined up and get everything going to take some of that pressure off Q."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:35 a.m., November 29

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