Watching game tough for injured Kelce

Posted: September 28, 2012

JASON KELCE did not enjoy watching the Eagles from afar Sunday.

"Watching the games give you a lot more respect for what the fans go through," the Eagles' center said Thursday, his right knee swathed in a brace. Kelce said his ACL surgery, by team orthopedist Dr. Peter DeLuca, is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 18. "When you're in the game, you have an active control over what happens every single play. You know what's going wrong, what the coaches are saying. You know how to fix things. When you're watching, you can't do anything. What are they doing? Why are they doing this? It's not fun at all.

"I don't even know why fans watch the games."

Kelce said he thought that in Sunday's loss, sub center Dallas Reynolds "did a good job, especially for the position he was put in," on the road, in a loud dome against a physical, aggressive defense that blitzed constantly.

"The mistakes that were made were very correctable mistakes," he said. "And I don't think that his mistakes were what led to the outcome of the game."

Reynolds said: "There were some good things and some bad things. I've got some things I've got to clean up and do better . . . I'm going to improve."

Reynolds said he thought he did well with initial blocking calls, maybe could have been better on adjustments.

"Obviously, it was the first time in regular season, and things happen fast," Reynolds said. "They brought some stuff that we should have picked up. You learn from it and move on."

Kelce said the blitz problems snowballed. "I think, by and large, the blitz was not handled well by any facet of the offense last Sunday. Everybody handled that poorly," he said.

The Cardinals blitzed on more than 40 percent of the Eagles' offensive plays. Quarterback Michael Vick completed only five of 21 passes for 109 yards when Arizona sent at least five rushers. Two of his five sacks came against the blitz.

Allen on JPP

Eagles safety Nate Allen played with Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul at South Florida during the 2009 season, Pierre-Paul's only major college season, after playing at two junior colleges.

"He's a clown, he's a comedian," Allen said. "On the field - that kind of speaks for itself. Everybody can see what a great athlete and player he is."

Allen said no one at South Florida was surprised Pierre-Paul became a dominant NFL star.

"He's a freak; he's a special talent," Allen said. "We kind of expected big things out of him."

Birdseed

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said he felt great, after a migraine relapse Wednesday. Cox was a full practice participant Thursday. "It's like a pulse in your head, it's going, 'Boom! Boom! Boom!' You can't stand light," Cox said . . . Long snapper Jon Dorenbos (high ankle sprain) didn't practice, but special-teams coordinator Bobby April said he thinks Dorenbos will be able to play against the Giants . . . Also not practicing were two hamstring victims, left tackle King Dunlap and linebacker Akeem Jordan. They seem very unlikely to play . . . Defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, asked about his coverage plan last week for Larry Fitzgerald, said assigning one corner to shadow Fitzgerald would have been tough, with him lining up in the slot so much. "Now you're talking about Dominique [Rodgers-Cromartie] having to be a nickel or Nnamdi [Asomugha] be a nickel. That's a tough deal there," Castillo said.

Daily News staff writer Paul Domowitch contributed to this report.

Contact Les Bowen at bowenl@phillynews.com.

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