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Why Boston Scott was thinking about Jason Kelce after his fumble

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Boston Scott reflected on his costly fumble in the Eagles 13-7 loss to the Giants.
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After his costly fumble, Boston Scott wasn’t thinking about himself. He was thinking about Jason Kelce.

He was thinking about how Kelce had shaken off a serious knee injury that sidelined him for a few series to come back into the game against the Giants Sunday.

And he was thinking about how his fumble may have cost Kelce a win.

“Just a tenacious dude, man,” Scott said of his All-Pro teammate. “He’s the embodiment of this team, he’s the embodiment in my opinion of Philadelphia. Gritty. Nasty. You might knock him down, but he’ll get right back up. He’s going to work hard, blue-collar.

He embodies this city, man. He’s definitely a big-time leader. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and how he’s been able to contribute over the years. It’s incredible to watch, incredible to see.

“So whenever I make dumb mistakes like that, it really hurts me. Because guys like that have been in the league for such a long time, and you don’t know how many years they have left. You know what I’m saying? Guys like that make me want to give my all.”

We’ve seen Scott crush the Giants so many times. His touchdown run earlier in the game was the 10th of his career and 6th against the Giants. Only Ezekiel Elliott has more among active players. And his 5.1 career rushing average is 10th-highest ever against the Giants by a running back.

 

So with the Eagles trailing the Giants 13-7 and driving with two minutes left, with Jordan Howard inactive and Miles Sanders on the sideline dinged up, you had to feel pretty good when Scott took a handoff from Jalen Hurts near midfield and began running for daylight.

Then disaster.

“To be honest with you, just the fact that I’m at the line of scrimmage or about to break through, I should have covered it up with two hands before I broke into the open field,” Scott said later.

“I got greedy. I got greedy. I saw the green, my eyes got big and I lost my fundamentals.”

Instead of holding onto the ball with both hands, he bulled forward with one hand on the ball. Dexter Lawrence reached over and popped the ball loose, Julian Love recovered, and a few minutes later – after a couple Jalen Reagor drops -- the Giants had wrapped up only their sixth win over the Eagles since 2008.

Scott blamed himself.

“He made a good play, he made a good play,” he said. “It was a critical situation, a critical drive, and I just didn’t get it done. I didn’t resort to my fundamentals and it resulted in a turnover.

“Just fundamentals, man. Just fundamentals, you know? The teams that are great are the teams that can resort to their fundamentals under pressure. I don’t have any problem taking full responsibility. Hey, that was a critical mistake at a critical moment in the game. I take that. I take that right to the chin.

“You can say this, you can say that, but that was a critical turnover at a critical time and I take full responsibility and that was on me. I made a critical mistake. I own up to that 100 percent.”

Scott -- and Reagor, for that matter -- didn’t have to meet with the media post-game Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

But in a locker room that preaches accountability, they both felt it was important to own their costly missteps.

“Big-time,” he said. “We come inside and people talk about, ‘Man, that’s my bad on that, that’s my bad on this, that’s my bad on that.’ Everybody taking accountability for their mistakes. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about. It shows a lot about a team, what happens in the rough times, what happens in the valleys. If you can take accountability, learn from the mistakes and correct them, that’s all you can really do.”

 

The fumble ruined an otherwise solid game for Scott, who rushed for 64 yards with a 4.3 average and his fourth touchdown of the season and caught two passes. He’s run for 261 yards with a 4.8 average the last five weeks.

But more importantly, the Eagles are now 5-7 instead of 6-6 in part because of a play Scott would love to have back.

“You know, It hurts. It hurts,” he said. “They didn’t do anything to beat us. We beat ourselves. That’s been the name of the game. That’s what we’ve done. We shot ourselves in the foot, whether it’s penalties, whatever it may be.

“It’s not really what the other teams are doing, it’s what we’re doing to ourselves. … It always stinks a little bit more whenever you know it was self-inflicted.”