No Safety Change; Justice Says He's Not Ready

Andy Reid announced that there would be no changes with Nate Allen and the safeties. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Eagles coach Andy Reid said the starting safeties will remain the same, but he expects all of them to work in.

As for second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett, who was active for the first time in his NFL career against San Francisco, Reid said Jarrett did well on special teams and the Eagles are bringing him along on the defense.

* Trent Cole and Jason Peters aren't practicing, as expected, and will struggle to play, Reid said. (In reality, they aren't playing this week.) Juqua Parker (high ankle sprain) will "be out there working, we'll see how he does," Reid said. The same goes for Darryl Tapp (pectoral muscle). Both Parker and Tapp are hoping they can play Sunday; Tapp, a limited practice participant last week, seems more likely to be ready. And since the Eagles didn't make a DE move with Cole hurt, you can infer that the Eagles think there's a good chance Tapp will be ready. Tapp was listed as a full practice participant Friday.

* Tight end Brent Celek was listed as a limited practice participant because of illness.

*Reid said King Dunlap will replace Peters at left tackle. Winston Justice, last year's starting right tackle, might seem a more attractive alternative: Justice was listed as "probable" on the injury report last week, but Justice, recovering from knee surgery, said today, "I'm not 100 percent ... It does hurt. It's about 90 percent." Justice said he isn't disappointed by the decision to go with Dunlap, because he isn't ready.

* On getting better at stopping the run, Reid said, the problems can be fixed by "everybody doing their job. It's not one guy. There are some things we can do there." Reid said the Eagles have made adjustments to the wide 9 alignment in order to close some of the gaps.

* On Nmandi Asomugha, Reid said, 90 percent of his plays are great, but said schematically the Eagles need to put him in the best position posibble.

* Overall, Reid said, "We've got to do better in red zone on both sides" and also said the Eagles need to do better in turnover differential.

* Reid said he was encouraged by the number of players who were at the team's facility over the last few days on their off days. He said he is fortunate to have players and coaches who want to get better, who want to change.

* On the decision to re-sign Derek Landri, Reid said he is a hard worker and compares him to former Eagles defensive tackle Paul Grasmanis, another Notre Dame product, in that it might not always be pretty but he finds a way to get the job done. Landri said he worked out with the Falcons and the Bengals after being cut by the Eagles just before the season. Landri, who started all 16 games last season for Carolina, said he was a little surprised not to be on a roster before this. "It's kinda pisses you off. There's no question about that," he said.


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