One week after LeSean McCoy rushed 31 times for 184 yards, the Eagles’ star running back was limited to 11 carries for 53 yards in a 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
McCoy was still a major contributor, catching five passes for 114 yards. The Chargers appeared to build their defense around trying to stop McCoy.
“They stacked the box but we still ran on the ground,” McCoy said. “To be honest, even stacking the box I didn’t think that, as a defense, they were really effective.”
McCoy explained the plight of opposing defenses. They can stack the box and try to take away the running game, but then he said “you wind up with 400 and something yards passing.”
More than one quarter of quarterback Michael Vick’s 428 passing yards were thrown to McCoy. This will not be uncommon for McCoy, whose excitement about Chip Kelly’s offense leading up to the season included optimism about his role catching the ball out of the backfield.
“I think when you try to take me out of the game you think of running, but I can be effective in the passing game,” McCoy said. “And through the week we kind of went over those types of plays and tried to give me a one-on-one match up with anybody from a safety and a linebacker.”
With starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher sidelined because of a concussion, the Eagles started second-year cornerback Brandon Boykin.
It was an uneven performance Boykin, who at times appeared strong in coverage but also struggled on certain plays. Boykin’s biggest play was running from behind to strip Chargers tight end Antonio Gates two yards from the end zone.
It was the second forced turnover from Boykin in as many weeks. He had an interception in Week 1.
“I just try to make my plays when they come to me,” Boykin said. “I feel better and gained a lot more experience, more confident in my abilities and the game’s slowed down. I’m able to make those turnovers, those plays, and those pass break-ups.”
FLOYD IS 'FINE'
There was a frightening moment in the third quarter when Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd took a big hit to the head by DeMeco Ryans. Floyd was on the ground for nearly ten minutes with a neck injury and needed to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
Chargers coach Mike McCoy had positive news about Floyd after the game.
“He’s doing fine,” McCoy said. “All the test right now look good.”
Center Jason Kelce had a brace around his right hand and his thumb was stabilized after the game. He would not reveal his injury, but said it will not affect his status for Thursday’s game. …Cornerback Brandon Hughes left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, which is one of the reasons the Eagles used a three-safety formation.
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