The Eagles are expected to sign running back Joique Bell off the Buffalo Bills practice squad, a source close to the situation confirmed to the Daily News. (An earlier version of this post said the signing had taken place. Apparently, it hasn't.)
Bell was the Harlon Hill award winner as the Division II player of the year last season at Wayne State, when he ran 2,084 yards and posted 29 touchdowns.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bills and then was among the final cuts before the regular season began. He was signed to the Bills' practice squad the following day.
The Eagles cannot sign a player off another team's practice squad without putting him on their 53, so somebody will have to go if Bell is added.
The Eagles have four running backs at the moment: LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell, Eldra Buckley and fullback Owen Schmitt. McCoy and Schmitt definitely aren't going anywhere.
Andy Reid is aware of the notion that many fans think Michael Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win right now at quarterback. He doesn’t really care.
“I can’t please everybody,” he said. “I know that. I’m here to make the decision that is right for the team … I think it’s a beautiful situation. I’ve got two quarterbacks that can play and a third young one that I think down the road here will be a good one at a very important position … I’m a happy guy. There are a lot of teams that don’t have good quarterbacks. I think we can win with both guys.”
Pressed again, Reid said, “We’ll see how it all works out. I’m not here to justify one over the other. I’m not doing that. I’m very proud of Michael. Michael is a heck of a player. He was one of the all time greats in this league at one time. He’s on his way back. Kevin’s future, he doesn’t have the same experience, but it’s a bright one.”
Asked whether Vick’s performance put more pressure on Kolb upon his return, Reid said, “You play quarterback in the National Football League. There’s pressure on you. You control what you can control and you go play. That’s how this things works. I’m not big on all that other stuff. Go play the game.”
As for whether Vick’s role will be expanded, Reid said, “We’ll see how it goes.”
On Kolb, Reid said, "I think Kevin have a lot of confidence in himself. I think the players have a lot of confidence in him. At that position, sometimes things aren’t going to go the way you want them all the time. Kevin’s a tough kid and that’s what you have to bank on. He’ll be fine. He’s an upbeat guy that knows he can play the game."
And on Vick, "I was very proud of him. It’s a true testament if you work hard, keep your nose clean, good things can happen. I’m proud of the way he led the football team yesterday. He made some plays that I thought were unique and that he can do in his game."
As for the physical condition of Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley coming off concussions, Reid said, "they have been cleared in every way you can do it."
"You’ve got keep an eye on them," he said. "They go practice, that’s what they do ... You put them out there and see if there are any signs of anything, which rick will do, and then you go play. They’re good to go unless something crazy comes up."
Vick was sacked six times yesterday and the Eagles have allowed 12 sacks in two games.
Detroit played to its strength defensively, with an aggressive approach, especially from its front four, but Reid said the Eagles will work this week on doing a better job of handling the blitz.
“They were bringing more than you could block,” Reid said. “We normally don’t see that quite as much as they were doing it. With that, I’ve got to give the quarterback the opportunity to get the football out of his hands. I can help him with playcalls in that type of situation. There were times when we didn’t handle the blitz the right way. Maybe we weren’t pushing the line the right way and communicating all the way across. It’s not one person, it’s not one position. It’s all of us on that thing, doing a little bit better … That should never be able to happen to us.”
Reid also addressed how Detroit was able to rally and make thegame much tighter than it seemingly should have been in the fourth quarter. He was asked if that letdown was the sign of a young team.
"I keep my ears open down there," Reid said. "I heard the veteran players saying it, but it’s everybody bringing it together. Offensively, you can stall, if you have 28 points on the board, you have to get more. If you have 35 points, you have to get more. You have to have a greedy, greedy attitude. When the offense stalls and the defense allows things to happen, that’s a bad combination. When you look at it offensively, the best way to establish it is to stay on the field … That’s something we can learn from. You should never let that happen as a football team."
On the injury front, defensive lineman Brandon Graham has a shoulder strain that Reid described as more of a spasm and had an MRI today. Offensive lineman Austin Howard had a back strain.
To read our earlier interview with Kevin Kolb, click here.