Saturday, February 13, 2016

McCoy, Tapp win praise from coaches

LeSean McCoy had an ordinary day on the stat sheet Sunday, but played one of his better games, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Darryl Tapp won praise from defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

McCoy, Tapp win praise from coaches

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said LeSean McCoy stood out in blitz protection on Sunday.  ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photograher )
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said LeSean McCoy stood out in blitz protection on Sunday. ( Ron Cortes / Staff Photograher )

LeSean McCoy's number from Sunday don't pop out: 11 carries for 54 yards, two catches for seven yards, no touchdowns. But offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said the running back stood out in blitz protection.

"The stats don't show it, but I think LeSean may have had one of his better games," Mornhinweg said Thursday. "He did an excellent job with his blitz recognition."

The Eagles used their backs, McCoy, Mike Bell and Owen Schmitt, to supplement their pass protection against the Jaguars. They still gave up three sacks, but it was far fewer than the five against the Packers and six against the Lions.

Picking up blitzes was a skill McCoy needed to improve going into his second year, especially with the loss of Brian Westbrook, who was known for helping his quarterbacks with his blocking.

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Mornhinweg said experience has made it easier for McCoy to react quickly and physically.

"If you know where you’re going and you recognize it very quickly – boom – you can utilize your physical ability," Mornhinweg said. "I think that was a dramatic jump for him from last year coming into this year."

Defensive end Darryl Tapp, meanwhile, finally got on the field after being inactive the first two weeks of the season and recorded a sack. He also helped create some pressure.

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Tapp continued to work hard even when he wasn't playing.

"He just seemed each and every practice each and every week to continue to catch on to how we were doing things," McDermott said.

Earlier, the Eagles signed cornerback Jamar Wall to the practice squad and released safety Jamar Adams.

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