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Reid: More balance with Westbrook, McCoy in run game

Could the Eagles’ be heading to a two-headed monster at running back? Or at least lessening the load on Brian Westbrook after LeSean McCoy’s performance Sunday?

Reid: More balance with Westbrook, McCoy in run game

LeSean McCoy fights for yards during a run in Sunday´s 34-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )
LeSean McCoy fights for yards during a run in Sunday's 34-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. ( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer )

Could the Eagles’ be heading to a two-headed monster at running back? Or at least lessening the load on Brian Westbrook after LeSean McCoy’s performance Sunday?

“I think that will take place,” coach Andy Reid said of the possibility of more balance between Westbrook and McCoy. “He will rotate in there. I don’t know exactly the rotation that we would do. We would work him in there.”

The bigger issue at the moment is Westbrook's ankle. He did not play yesterday against the Chiefs.

“I want to see how Brian does after this week and where he gets to healthwise,” Reid said. “It’s not going to hurt to have LeSean in position where he can get into a game and go and be a solid relief pitcher for Brian. The number of carries, we’ll see how it goes.”

Reid acknowledged that he should have used Correll Buckhalter more often last year as a running back to help give him more opportunities and to help take some of the burden from Westbrook.

“That can be done,” Reid said. “I think this game helped LeSean to see where he was at with protections. He did a nice job. That’s always a concern with certain guys. … I need to do a better job of mixing him in. I should have done that with Buck, obviously.”

“We knew Buck was a good ballcarrier. It’s just a matter of doing it and getting it done and working him in. These two are similar in that a lot of things they can do, LeSean and Brian. That should make it easier and do a little bit better job when they are both healthy.”

McCoy helped himself by hanging on to the ball after some fumbling problems.

“He did better in that area,” Reid said. “There were a couple where he had the ball up. He was much improved in that area. We’ll keep making that a point of emphasis and keep getting better at it.”


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Reid was asked about DeSean Jackson’s flip into the end zone, especially given that he received a shot before the game for an injured groin. Center Jamaal Jackson was critical after the game of DeSean's celebration.

“I always tell the guys, act like you’ve been there,” Reid said. “He’s an exciting guy. He adds a little spice to things. He puts his little flair on it. It’s nice to get him in the end zone …

“I don’t mind a little personality. I think that’s good for the team. I know with DeSean when I tell him act like you’ve been there. He can tell me he has been there once or twice.”

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On Donovan McNabb’s status, Reid said: “He will be working to get the soreness out, the muscles in between the ribs. The tightness in there, get it stretched out. Rick [Burkholder] has him on some things that loosen up those muscles. He will continue to throw.”

Reid said Todd Herremans will have a scan on his foot on Thursday. He said safety Quintin Demps’ hamstring strain is getting better. He said Kevin Curtis is rehabbing his injured knee and that Dimitri Patterson is getting better following hand surgery.

Kevin Kolb has inflammation in his knee and Max Jean-Gilles has shoulder inflammation. Both should be fine, especially with the players getting the entire week off. They return Monday, have Tuesday off and then begin normal game-week prep for Tampa Bay.
 

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