Eagles Notes: McCoy makes his mark as a pass-catcher

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Posted: September 17, 2013

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 load up near the line of scrimmage 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 went to McCoy.

"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 matchup with anybody from a safety and a linebacker."

Boykin mans up

Second-year cornerback Brandon Boykin started in place of Bradley Fletcher, who was out with a concussion. Boykin appeared strong in coverage but also struggled on certain plays. His best moment was when he came from behind to strip Chargers tight end Antonio Gates two yards from the end zone.

It was his second forced turnover 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 confidence in my abilities, and the game's slowed down. I'm able to make those turnovers, those plays, and those pass breakups."

Scary hit

There was a frightening moment in the third quarter when Chargers wide receiver Malcolm Floyd took a big hit to the head from DeMeco Ryans. Floyd was on the ground for nearly 10 minutes with a neck injury before being taken off on a stretcher.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy had positive news after the game. "He's doing fine," McCoy said. "All the tests right now look good."

Floyd, who had five catches for 102 yards, reportedly flew back to San Diego with the team.

Curry sits again

Defensive end Vinny Curry was inactive for the second consecutive week. This is not a good sign, because one of the reasons last week was that the Redskins were a running-based offense and Curry is a pass rusher.

The Chargers are a pass-heavy team, so the decision came as a surprise. Curry, a 2012 second-round pick, has been inactive for 12 of 18 games in his Eagles career.

The other inactive players were Fletcher, quarterback Matt Barkley, cornerback Shaun Prater, offensive lineman Matt Tobin, tackle Dennis Kelly, and tight end Emil Igwenagu.

Injury update

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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