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There were holdouts. There were new contracts to be signed by current players. There were new players in camp, but they couldn’t work out right away. And even with a roster laced with stars on both sides of the ball, there were still questions to be answered.
A month later, though, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid feels just fine about his crew.
And it’s hard not to.
“Are there things we can do better? Absolutely,” Reid said. “But we’ve played pretty well.”
“This is a great offense,” rookie running back Dion Lewis said. “They just want to get people in space.”
And they have the personnel to do so. Though there is some slight concern about the quarterbacks behind starter Michael Vick. While Vince Young (hamstring) is expected to practice all week and be available against the Rams, there is a possibility that the Eagles have to give the untested Mike Kafka the nod at No. 2 on an interim basis.
“I’ve said this before. Without my confidence in Mike, I would have never done the Kevin Kolb thing,” Reid said, referring to the trade that sent Kolb to Arizona before training camp began. “I’m just very comfortable with him. He’s had a good preseason, and so I have enough trust there.”
He’s also building some trust in Lewis, especially on special teams. A shifty, explosive back from Pitt, Lewis could find himself returning kicks for the Eagles. Against the Jets, he had a 40-yarder, which impressed the staff, and he finished the preseason with 148 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries from scrimmage.
“He’s done a heck of a job this preseason. He’s got great instincts. He’s got balance, strength and he’s patient,” Reid said. “And that’s something you don’t see with a lot of kids coming out of college. They want everything to be speed to the hole. But you have to slow it down here. You have to let plays develop, and he’s natural with that.”
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