Gunn's Bullet Points: Turn Kendricks loose again

Gunn's Bullet Points: Turn Kendricks loose again

September 15, 2013, 8:00 am
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Mychal Kendricks led the Eagles with 10 tackles in Week 1. (USA Today Images)

Derrick Gunn gives you his bullet points for the Eagles' Week 2 home opener against the Chargers:

• With Bradley Fletcher out with a concussion, 5-foot-10 Brandon Boykin will start at one cornerback spot, which also means the Chargers will likely try to match Boykin up against 6-5 Malcolm Floyd. Rookie Jordan Poyer, who played 17 snaps against the Redskins, may get more snaps at the nickle spot.

• Former Eagle King Dunlap is the Chargers' starting left tackle. Trent Cole will be lined up to his side. I wonder if Cole has visions of setting a new franchise record for quarterback sacks in a game.

• LeSean McCoy admitted to me a few days ago that he may have to take fewer carries in the first half of games so he's fresher in the latter half. Shady was clearly gassed in the fourth quarter against the Redskins. He was on the field for over 80 percent of the Eagles' plays.

• Mychal Kendricks told me in so many words that he has the leeway to call his own blitzes depending on what he sees across the line of scrimmage. On Thursday, defensive coordinator Billy Davis told me that is absolutely not true. One of them is not telling the complete truth, but I couldn't care less as long as Kendricks keeps doing what he did in the season opener.

• Michael Vick said the other day that he is an athlete first and a quarterback second. Hey Mike, your athleticism can't help you if you're banged up from lead-blocking on running plays. It's bad enough that you can't slide to protect yourself.

• Let's see now. We saw the Eagles' offense run plays where both tackles lined up on the same side, and Brent Celek lined up at tackle on several occasions. Can't wait to see what creativity Chip Kelly comes up with on Sunday. Maybe the wing T?