By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles returned to the practice field on Tuesday after their bye week. Next up, they will visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Eagles are 5-1 and before the bye week they played their most complete game of the season, shutting out the New York Giants 27-0. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher called in to KYW Newsradio soon after taking part in a community event promoting healthy lifestyles at Wissahickon High School on Monday afternoon, and talked about how he spent the break in the schedule.
“Sit down for a few days, think of how the season’s been going and think of what we all can be doing better,” Fletcher says. “Then, as later in the week gets here, then I start thinking of getting to the film, checking on stuff I can pick up on from the Cardinals film and doing a little light workouts. Get the legs ready to go for the next practice week.”
Listen to Bradley Fletcher talk with KYW’s Matt Leon:
This is Fletcher’s second season with the Eagles after signing on as a free agent. He says having a year under his belt with defensive coordinator Bill Davis is big.
“It’s definitely faster now,” Fletcher says. “Second year in the system, a lot of guys know the type of players we’re with. We understand what’s being asked of us from Coach Davis as far as in the schemes. Everyone’s clicking right now. We just want to keep it going and get back to work here.”
Eagles cornerbacks got a lot of heat leading up to that Giants game after struggling in the second half against the Rams the week before. Fletcher says criticism like that is just part of being an NFL cornerback.
“Playing what (position) I play, some things don’t go as well as planned sometimes,” Fletcher says. “You just keep on going and think to the next play.”
Now Arizona will bring a 5-1 record into Sunday’s game and they are coming off a 24-13 win over the Raiders.
“They’re a good team,” Fletcher says. “They have a good defense, offense, and they play well on special teams. Offensively, they have some good receiver threats outside and their quarterback, (Carson) Palmer, can get the ball out. So they’re going to be a challenge for us, but we’ll be ready for it.”
The Eagles and Cardinals kickoff at 4:05pm on Sunday.
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