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Reid: Jackson, Maclin Pushing Each Other

The Eagles come away from their 33-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relatively healthy, head coach Andy Reid said in his Monday morning press conference.

The only injury sustained during the win that will likely lead to missed time is Dimitri Patterson's quad strain. Reid said Patterson probably won't travel to Oakland for the upcoming game against the Raiders.

Elsewhere, Sheldon Brown sustained an abdominal strain and is day-to-day. Todd Herremans continues to make progress with his foot and Kevin Curtis will rest for the next few days because of knee inflammation. Brent Celek, Ellis Hobbs, Asante Samuel, and Donovan McNabb all were dinged up against the Bucs but will be fine moving forward.

As for the action on the field, Reid characterized his team's performance as pleasing but uneven.

"All in all, we did some good things but there are a lot of things we can do better," Reid said. "Every win's a good win that you get in the National Football League. There's plenty of things we can work on, number one being the penalties."

According to Reid, the Eagles had eight penalties on defense, three on special teams, and one on offense.

"Defensively, I though we did a good job of pressuring (QB) Josh Johnson," Reid said. "I thought Sean (McDermott) was relentless with his blitz package. The (three) interceptions were directly related to the pressure the quarterback had on him.

"Offensively, it was good to have Donovan (McNabb) and Brian (Westbrook) back in the mix. I thought Donovan did extremely well ... Jeremy Maclin had a nice day, that was good to see. He's been working very hard. Special Teams, I thought the coverage teams did a pretty good job and I thought Sav (Rocca) had a nice punting the ball and I thought David (Akers) was strong on his kickoffs."

Maclin was the featured star on Sunday, hauling in six catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns. His emergence has created a formidable young wide receiver tandem with second-year man DeSean Jackson.

"DeSean had a tremendous rookie year and I think that's a nice goal for Jeremy to set," Reid said. "Then, Desean's come out and been a good example to Jeremy on how to work. They kind of challenge each other ... I think that's a positive thing and it makes them better."

Jackson has been outstanding this season, but was held to one reception for one yard yesterday.

"I think Jason Avant said it best," Reid said. "When one of the receivers makes a catch, they all make a catch. It's all for one there."

Reid also critiqued the play of Jeremiah Trotter, playing in his first game since 2007.

"(Trotter) did a good job of plugging his spot," Reid said. "There wasn't necessarily a lot of action in his direction. For being out of it for a while, he did a respectable job.

"I think he'll be fine. We gave him 20 plays. I think that was the right number, so he'll get back out and work again here and keep getting better as he goes."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:30 p.m., October 12

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