Eagles Halftime Quotes Vs. Bengals

Eagles DE N.D.Kalu On getting back on the field: "It really feels great to get out there after a year. I am using the preseason to test my leg out. It feels really good and I am glad that I was able to go against the first team offensive tackles. It got the monkey off my back."

On people saying that he was coming around this week:
"All during training camp this summer I was just trying to get my wind back. I really was working on my techniques to show the coaches that I was ready to go."
 
On the way the Eagles played overall:
 "It really feels good because of the way we played and we are going against a good team. They (the Bengals) are going to be a contender and the way our first team played against their first team was really good.  It makes us feel good as we move into the season."

QB Donovan McNabb

On his three touchdown passes in the first half:
"Well, I think we are showing a progression. The offense is coming along, with the addition of having [WR Terrell Owens] T.O. out there we are able to do a little bit more things and it makes it exciting right now."
 
On the way he had to scramble before throwing to WR Reggie Brown for a touchdown:
"Just trying to make a play, their defensive ends got up field and I was able to step up in the pocket, buy time and Reggie did an excellent job of getting in the end zone."
 
On how the offensive line looked tonight:
"Offensive line is coming along. Obviously as a unit we want to continue to execute. [T] Tra [Thomas] came out and looked good, he stepped out. And then [T] Todd [Herremans] came in to fill in the spot, he's doing an excellent job."
 
On running the ball:
"Hey, we were able to pick up some yards, but it's tough in the preseason when you are trying to run the ball because you focus on passing and getting your timing so much."

On the 68-yd touchdown pass to WR Terrell Owens:
 "We had streak routes called. I was able to get a good fake from Brian Westbrook. I saw the mismatch with T.O. to the outside and I decided to take it. I tried to put it in a decent spot. He did an excellent job accelerating to the ball and scoring the touchdown."

WR Greg Lewis
 
On the one-handed grab he made for his touchdown:
"It was one of the moves in my bag of tricks I tried to pull out and give the crowd a little excitement. I wanted to sprinkle a little G-Lew in there."
 
On how it felt to be playing in front of the home crowd:
 "Anytime you get to play out here in the Linc in front these fans who really care about football, it just feels good to go out and play how we played. It feels good."
 
On the offense's passing attack tonight:
 
"I'm enjoying being a part of that. Everybody's getting involved and you just can't key on one person. T.O.'s the headliner of the receiving corps and Reggie and myself try to get in where we can fit in. Westbrook and L.J. Smith get to spread it around too. So pick your poison."
 
On the McNabb's scrambling touchdown pass to Reggie Brown:
 "I talked about [Reggie] on his touchdown celebration. It was relatively wack. He had sort of a Harold Carmichael spike. I told him about that. Donovan scrambled and Reggie stayed alive on the play and got open and got in the endzone. I know it was a big play for him. I know he's happy about it and get [his first touchdown] out of the way."

DE Jevon Kearse

On what it is like being back at Lincoln Financial Field:
"It's always a great environment. It's a good warm up for the regular season. Everyone is out here and it's a sellout crowd and it's time to bring it out now, instead of later."
 
On flying around the field, getting in the backfield and hitting wide receivers in the open field:
"I'm just trying to do my job, whichever way I can, whichever way I can help the team and get this crowd going."
 
On whether he feels good about the way the defense is playing:
"Hey, it's a statement game, preseason or not. We are trying to make a statement for the rest of the world, so they can see that we are going to be the best defense."
 
On how good it feels seeing DE N.D. Kalu out on the field:
"He's very fresh. He's good to go and has fresh legs. Hey, he's making some sacks and making my job easier."


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