Andy Reid was asked Wednesday what Colt Anderson’s shown to earn one of the starting safety spots.
“We asked him to fill in the line of scrimmage and be a physical player in there and he did a nice job with that,” Reid said. “We needed that at that time and so we’re going to need it this week. They [the Redskins] run the football and do a good job with that so we’ll leave him in that position and let him continue to do that.”
In the past two games, Anderson has 19 tackles, according to team stats, and has made several plays at the line of scrimmage. Below are some examples of what he’s done well – both in run support and coverage.
The top of the Eagles’ 2010 draft has been a popular topic of conversation here in Philadelphia, and not for the purposes of throwing verbal bouquets at the parties in question.
Brandon Graham, the choice over Jason Pierre-Paul and Earl Thomas.
Nate Allen, the Donovan McNabb pick and successor to Brian Dawkins that just doesn’t have those Dawkins’ qualities.
Both have spent time recovering from serious knee injuries and both have spent time down on the mat. Graham’s struggles have been highlighted more given that he was the 13th overall pick and it’s so easy to contrast the start of his career with that of Pierre-Paul’s. Beat up and labeled a bust, Graham looks like he has turned the corner and his stock has rebounded.
Allen’s, meanwhile, has taken a hit, as Andy Reid announced on Wednesday that Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson would be the starting safeties against the Redskins this week.
With the game tied at 17 in the fourth quarter Mat McBriar set up to punt.
The Eagles had 13 minutes and 52 seconds to decide what the conversation would be in this city Monday morning. Would people be talking about a 4-5 team that was just one game back of the Giants in the loss column? Or a 3-6 team that had lost five in a row and would be searching for a new coach in the coming weeks?
Bobby April’s special-teams unit provided the answer.
Safety Nate Allen was sidelined for Friday’s practice with a hamstring injury.
Wearing just a jersey and baseball cap, Allen looked on as the rest of the team worked under the bubble at the NovaCare Complex Friday afternoon.
This is a concerning development for the Eagles, who lack quality safety depth. Allen exited in the fourth quarter against Detroit with a hamstring injury a couple weeks back and it cost the defense. Colt Anderson, a quality special teams player but unproven at safety, replaced Allen and the unit suffered for it. If Allen can’t go, either Anderson or David Sims would replace him.
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The receiver was knocked out of the Ravens game with a hip pointer. He originally sustained the hip injury against the Browns in Week 1. Maclin said he was in a good deal of pain following Sunday’s game but has been making progress.
With Maclin returning, King Dunlap was the only member of the Eagles sidelined for Thursday’s practice. Dunlap is dealing with a hamstring strain and it’s considered a stretch to think he will be ready play against the Cardinals. Demetress Bell will likely get the start at left tackle in his place.
Colt Anderson (knee) did not practice Wednesday but was back as a full participant. DeSean Jackson (hamstring) was full-go as well after being limited the day before.
As we mentioned earlier, Jeremy Maclin did not practice today.
Meanwhile, safety Kurt Coleman (facial lacerations), wide receiver Riley Cooper (fractured collarbone) and cornerback Curtis Marsh (hamstring) were limited. Andy Reid has already ruled Cooper out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Coleman was in the locker room before practice and sounded like he fully expected to play.