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Post-Practice Quotes

WR Jeremy Maclin

On whether his shoulder will affect him at all: "No, I'll be all right."

On whether he has major concerns for the offense: "No. I think a lot of stuff we've done, we've stopped ourselves. We've been in the red zone numerous times, but haven't been able to convert. I had a fumble going in last week on third down. It's inexcusable. Little stuff like that we've got to eliminate. Other than that I think we've moved the ball pretty well."

On whether there is a sense of urgency to solve red zone woes: "Right now, like I said, we're not in panic mode. I don't understand why people are saying that. We've got the guys in the right spots to make things happen, so we'll definitely get it done."

LB Ernie Sims

On his involvement in blitz packages during last Friday's game and pressuring Bengals QB Carson Palmer into an interception: "It's all about timing in football. Coach is going to put me in great situations; I was in great position to help the defense out. Whatever coach puts me in, I'm trying to do my best, I'm trying to accelerate and I'm trying to make plays."

On whether he was doing the "dirty work" against the Bengals: "Unfortunately, I was doing that. I'm the type of player, I want to be doing all the big hitting and everything, but I'm going to do my job. I'm not going to get outside of the scheme. [Eagles LB] Stewart [Bradley] made a heck of a hit, the type of hit that I want. I'm happy for him, but when it comes time for me to make a big play; I'm going to make it."

On whether he believed the numbers lied, and he had a strong performance despite being left off of the stat sheet: "After the game, I wasn't disappointed, but the type of player that I am, I want my name to be heard out there, and it wasn't heard but every play I did my job, and I was pretty physical at the point of attack, and I did not have any MA's out there. When I got the chance to watch the film, it made me feel a little bit better, but it's still not where I want to be. When it comes game time, game one, I want to be on my P's and Q's."

On how difficult defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's scheme is compared to other schemes he has played in: "It's a whole lot different, to be honest with you. Like I said in the past, I've played in several different defenses, the Tampa defense, [Detroit Lions head] coach [Jim] Schwartz's defense, one year I played just WILL linebacker, then some years I played left or right, so I played SAM and WILL. In this defense, I'm playing primarily WILL linebacker. It's really the same front that I've had in the past. The last game was a good game for me; they gave us a lot of different looks, a lot of different run plays that we didn't get a chance to go over in practice. Thank God it's the preseason, it gives me a good chance to do see that now, but when it comes to game time, I'm ready."

DE Brandon Graham

On what he has learned from DE Trent Cole: "On the mental part, he tells me what to expect, what moves he sees that can work from watching me. He just lets me know everything that I'm going to encounter this year."

On whether he is surprised about getting on the field so quickly, as a pass rusher in the nickel formation with the first team: "Yeah, it's crazy because I just remember coming to mini-camp and rookie camp, now the season's about to be here, and now I feel like I'm doing nothing but getting better every day."

On whether he is still thinking and then reacting: "Well, last game I was real comfortable. I felt good, I knew the game plan, I knew it down to a tee. I just wanted to make sure I played fast. I felt good playing against Cincinnati, I did way better than I did against Jacksonville, and we played a little bit more. We just have to get better each week."

On whether he is comfortable moving around on defense from defensive end to defensive tackle: "Once you know one spot, you know everybody else's spots, because you know where you have to be, and you know the way the defense runs, you pretty much know everything on the d-line. They can move me anywhere on the d-line. The goal was to make sure I get one-on-ones and be able to beat a guy one on one instead of double teams, and that's why they moved me inside in some packages, sometimes the way we stunt, you go inside. It's been a good thing, I'm not worried about that at all. The coaches ask me if I feel like I would be comfortable there, and I say 'yeah'. If I have to put on a little more weight, if that's what you want me to do, that's what I'll do."

T Jason Peters

On whether he feels that the offensive line will be stronger once it is at full strength: "No, all of our guys can play. If anybody goes down, the next guy can step right in like a starter, so it doesn't really hurt us much. It doesn't hurt us much. Our second team could go start somewhere else, so it doesn't hurt us much, maybe here and there, but not much."

On the jelling of the offensive line: "We work together every day. Second group, third group, we all work together every single day, we're one."

On whether he felt the officials made an example of him in the Bengals game, calling penalties against him for lining up off of the line of scrimmage: "No, I was in the backfield. I watched film today and I just have to correct it. I just have to scoot up on the ball."

On how he normally lines up: "Normally, I look at the referee and he gives me a little signal to move up, but I was just too far back this game."

On whether the referee did not give him a signal: "No, in the preseason they don't warn you, so they called me for it, so the next game I just scoot up a little bit farther."

On how he felt the offensive line played after watching the film: "I think we were okay. We missed a couple of calls here and there. We're going to clean that up this week and get ready for Kansas City."

On the importance of the third preseason game: "It's very important. This is our last time before we get rolling for the season. We're not going to play much in the fourth game as everybody knows. This game here means a lot, we have to go out there and polish up for the season."

RB Mike Bell

On whether he could have played against Cincinnati: "Yeah, I thought I could've, but I also thought I could go last week. The coaches know what they're doing, the trainers know what they're doing, I have a good trust for both of them, so I'll let them gauge that, and trust them and let them do their job, and I'll do mine. They felt like it wasn't ready for me to go, so I took it from them, and I think deep down inside I knew I wasn't ready to go, I was just trying to show them something and I need to wait for this week, and that's what I'm going to do."

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