Eagles' Jenkins makes amends with Reid

The Eagles' Brandon Boykin runs back a first-quarter kickoff against the Patriots. The rookie is pushing Joselio Hanson as the first-team nickel cornerback.
The Eagles' Brandon Boykin runs back a first-quarter kickoff against the Patriots. The rookie is pushing Joselio Hanson as the first-team nickel cornerback. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: August 24, 2012

Cullen Jenkins saw Andy Reid in the hallway of the NovaCare Complex minutes after Reid's news conference Wednesday. One of the topics Reid discussed was a televised shouting match between him and Jenkins during Monday's preseason game against the Patriots.

Jenkins apologized to Reid - the third time he did so - and Reid told Jenkins, "They're coming to get you now."

Sure enough, Jenkins was by his locker to explain what happened and why.

"I'm usually an easygoing person," Jenkins said. "At game days, I get a little more emotional. I was just with a lot of emotions going at the time, game day and stuff. I didn't grab control of them like I should have."

Reid said Jenkins was "fired up" before the head coach arrived to talk to the defensive line, which wasn't playing to Reid's standard. At least publicly, Reid didn't mind Jenkins' emotion.

"I like a little fire," he said. "It means something to him, and he's one of the leaders of that group, and so I get it."

Jenkins pointed out that the team rallied around Reid's emotion and played better after the confrontation. Still, Jenkins learned after the game that the exchange was caught on national television and would become a big story. That was the source of his remorse.

"In the end, it turns out to be a distraction. In the end, it doesn't prove anything," Jenkins said. "It's something that now they're talking about on TV, a distraction about the team, rumors about what is and isn't going on. That's not what we strive to do."

Jenkins declined to reveal the topic of the shouting match. He said it's not rare for those exchanges to occur between players and position coaches, although it seldom occurs with Reid. But Jenkins did point out that Reid comes over to meet with the defensive line during games throughout the season, and Reid said he tries to pick his spots.

"There's a time and a place where that's my responsibility to do some things there," Reid said.

Kelly to start

Todd Herremans will not travel with the Eagles for Friday's preseason game at Cleveland so that he can attend the funeral of a grandparent.

Dennis Kelly will start in his place at right tackle. The Eagles are expected to play their first team for the first quarter. Michael Vick is not likely to play because of bruised ribs, so a rookie right tackle will be starting in front of rookie quarterback Nick Foles.

"When I played at Purdue I was at left tackle, so that became a natural position for me," Kelly said. "But now that I'm . . . getting a lot of reps at right, it's become pretty natural. I'm righthanded."

Kelly, a fifth-round draft pick out of Purdue, has mostly run with the second team at right tackle since training camp started in late July. He has also played some at guard.

Boykin catching Hanson

Reid opened training camp by saying that it would be difficult to supplant Joselio Hanson as the first-team nickel cornerback. Brandon Boykin appears to be up to the challenge.

"Boykin's learning and getting better every day, so that gap's narrowed," Reid said.

The Eagles drafted Boykin in the fourth round with the intention that the Georgia product would someday be their slot corner. The future may be now.

"I feel like the game's a little bit slower than the practice," Boykin said.

Hanson, who dislocated his finger Friday, did not play at his best Monday night. Boykin replaced him in the second quarter, a move he said wasn't scheduled. The rookie is expected to be the Eagles' kick returner. But Reid and Boykin said that he can handle both jobs if he beats out Hanson as the nickel corner.

"In college I did every single thing - offense, defense, special teams," Boykin said. "I'm used to having a lot on my plate."

Extra points

King Dunlap will start ahead of Demetress Bell at left tackle for the second straight preseason game, Reid said. . . . Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left the Patriots game with a shoulder injury, practiced and should play Friday. . . . Linebacker Jamar Chaney, who has missed both preseason games with a hamstring strain, said that he would play against the Browns. Safety O.J. Atogwe (ankle) is also expected to go after missing a game. . . . Defensive end Jason Babin (calf), wide receiver Riley Cooper (collarbone), linebacker Casey Matthews (ankle), safety Tom Nelson (ankle) and Mike Kafka (hand) did not practice and will not dress Friday. Reid said that he thought Babin would be back by the opener.


Contact Zach Berman at zberman@phillynews.com or on follow him on Twitter @ZBerm.

 

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