September 9, 2009 |
It seems to happen once a practice. Asante Samuel, instinctively, will break on a pass. The Eagles cornerback, playing possum, will read the quarterback's eyes and know he has him hooked. A spiral will be flung, Samuel will react, and the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder with dreadlocks jutting out from the back of his helmet will arrive in front of a wide receiver, waiting for that berry to be picked. Except - he will drop it. And the effusive Samuel will keep running, sans football, and let out an "Ahhhhrrrrrrrrr!"
January 9, 2009 |
They are two players - one a Pro Bowl cornerback, the other a little-known linebacker who plays on special teams - who could have changed the course of NFL history last season had a split-second move gone in favor of their teams. The moment in the Super Bowl involving Asante Samuel is a familiar one. If Samuel doesn't drop an interception with just over a minute to go in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII, then his New England Patriots - not the New York Giants - go undefeated for the season and capture the NFL championship.
October 27, 2008 |
For most of this season, Lito Sheppard has been like a kid with his nose pressed against the window of a candy shop. He believes he'd have quite a feast if only he could get on the other side of the glass. That's what the Eagles cornerback feels like when he's standing along the sideline. But it's Asante Samuel, and not a window pane, separating Sheppard from having a good time. So it was interesting to see how Sheppard would react when Samuel left yesterday's game against Atlanta a bit shaken after he got steamrolled by bruising Falcons running back Michael Turner in the third quarter.
August 2, 2010
1. Ryan Howard's ankle 2. Raul Ibanez's wrist 3. Mike Bell's hamstring 4. Stewart Bradley's hamstring 5. DeSean Jackson's back 6. Asante Samuel's hamstring
January 3, 2009
The only thing close to news coming out of the Eagles' final substantive workout before Minnesota was that Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel sat out with a hip injury that coach Andy Reid said was suffered in Thursday's practice. "We think he's going to be OK, but we'll see," said Reid, who listed Samuel as "questionable" on the injury report. Samuel is tied for first in NFL history with three career playoff interception returns for touchdowns, a mark he shares with ex-Raiders star Willie Brown.
November 22, 2010
LeSean McCoy has just one rushing touchdown in the last five games. The Eagles failed to score a touchdown on their first possession for just the second time in the last six games. The Eagles have outscored opponents in the first quarter this season, 86-28. Asante Samuel's second-quarter interception ran the Eagles defense's streak of consecutive games with at least one interception to 13, dating to last season. Prior to last night, tight end Brent Celek had been targeted 48 times this season and had just 23 receptions.
September 10, 2010
All-time career interceptions leaders: Dawkins, Allen, and Bradley are tied for first, with 34. Most career interception return yards: 1. Bradley, 536; 2. Dawkins, 515; 3. Allen, 482. Most career interception returns for a TD: 1. Allen, 5. Most interceptions for a season: 1. Bradley (1971), 11; 2. Bradley (1972), Asante Samuel (2009), and two others, 9; 3. Allen (1989) and six others, 8. Most interceptions returned for a TD in a season: 1. Allen (1993)
June 3, 2008 |
Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard was a no-show today at the team's voluntary full-squad camp. After attending the team's mandatory minicamp last month, Sheppard wouldn't say whether he'd be back for this eight-day camp, which is the final full-squad gathering before the opening of training camp next month. It's no secret that Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, is unhappy with his contract situation and the fact that he lost his starting job at left cornerback when the team signed Asante Samuel to a six-year contract worth $57.14 million.
November 28, 2010 |
CHICAGO - To no one's surprise, Asante Samuel did not make the trip here for the Eagles' game against the Bears on Sunday. The cornerback was listed as questionable on Friday's official injury report with a knee sprain, but Samuel was declared out by the team on Saturday following a walk-through at the NovaCare Complex. With Samuel, the NFL's leader in interceptions with seven, sidelined, Joselio Hanson will start at left cornerback. Eagles coach Andy Reid said that he had a few options to replace Hanson as the nickel back, but rookie Trevard Lindley is expected to play on the outside when Hanson moves inside on passing downs.