The Eagles first-team defense put on a solid performance against the Jaguars. They only allowed one first-half touchdown, the result of one long pass-play to Maurice Jones-Drew. They also gave up a touchdown in the third quarter after the Jaguars began on the Eagles' 8-yard-line following an interception.
"I thought it was ok," said safety Quintin Mikell. "We did some good things; we flew around and got some turnovers. We just had a couple of technique areas to work on in certain areas."
Asante Samuel intercepted David Garrard in the second quarter and Jason Babin forced a fumble at the start of the third quarter.
"We just need to get everybody on the right page, know where everybody's going to be, basically gelling together," Mikell said. "It's going to come with time, so I think we'll be ok."
There were a couple of positions of focus on the defense, including middle linebacker where Joe Mays played in his third game as a starter. Moise Fokou also rotated in at times.
"It was better," Mays said of his performance. "It's better than how I've felt the past couple week. I've been getting a lot more comfortable out there. But there's still some plays out there that I need to make.
"I think my teammates trust me. I think they believe in my abilities to go out there and play football."
Elsewhere, Quintin Demps continued his process of hopefully becoming a starting free safety.
"I think he did good," Mikell said of Demps. "He's kind of been through a little bit lately; he's been down on himself. But he's stepping up, and he knows what needs to be done ... he's getting better each week."
Rookie Macho Harris also saw time with the first-team defense at safety, but he left the game with an ankle injury and did not return.
As always, there were positives and negatives to take away for the Eagles defense.
"All across the board, I think we need to be a little more aggressive, especially in the run game," said Mays. "We need to get a little bit more crisp ... there's a couple of things we need to work on, but I think we should be pretty good by the time the season starts."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:00 p.m., August 28