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September 3, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles claimed cornerback Shaun Prater off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and designated cornerback Curtis Marsh, a 2011 third-round pick who had been sidelined with a broken hand, as waived/injured. The Eagles needed help at cornerback, although Prater arrives without ever having played in an NFL game. The 23-year-old Iowa product was a fifth-round draft choice by the Bengals in 2012 but missed all of last season with a knee injury suffered in training camp. Prater is 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds and earned all-Big Ten honors at Iowa as a junior and senior.
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February 5, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imhotep Charter's Najee Goode, a speedy cornerback and kick returner, has committed to play at the University of Maine. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior took an official visit to the school last weekend. "I really had a good relationship with the coaching staff," he said. "I like the location. I'll be away from the city and able to just focus on football and academics. " Goode, who lives near 24th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia, also received interest from Ball State, Buffalo, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Old Dominion, and Towson.
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November 22, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Boykin has become too valuable to the Eagles for him to be an every-down defensive player, a contradiction that will continue throughout the season. Boykin, a second-year cornerback who leads the Eagles with four interceptions, has been one of the defense's top players through 11 games. But his work has come almost exclusively as the nickel cornerback, a position that defensive coordinator Bill Davis considers a starting spot even if it is not in the base defense. It is difficult to play the slot and difficult to find players who can capably fill that role.
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June 30, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State football said hello Friday to a recruit who has committed to the Nittany Lions' freshman class of 2013 and goodbye to a cornerback, a move that leaves the program dangerously thin at the position. Zayd Issah, a 6-foot-3, 209-pound linebacker from Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, told multiple recruiting websites that he had told Penn State coaches of his intent to play in Happy Valley. Later Friday, Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien tweeted that junior cornerback Derrick Thomas, who had been considered a contender to become a starter, "has left the team for personal reasons.
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September 5, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders completed their offseason overhaul of the cornerback unit Monday by signing recent Eagles castoff Joselio Hanson and cutting 2011 third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke. Hanson was cut last week after six seasons as the Eagles' nickel cornerback. "He's been a guy that's played a lot of years in the league in the slot and we just felt like it was a good thing to get another veteran guy in there with what really amounts to a young room," coach Dennis Allen said.
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November 21, 2009 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Under different circumstances, perhaps the Eagles could afford to have Sheldon Brown injured. But for a team decimated by injuries, Brown's hamstring strain doesn't register the way it might for another player because the cornerback has been so reliable in his eight seasons in Philadelphia. In light of the Eagles' desperation at cornerback, there might not be a player the team can afford to be without more than Brown. He was listed as questionable for tomorrow night's game at Chicago, even though he insisted yesterday that he would play in the nationally televised game.
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November 5, 1995 | By Dave Caldwell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael Irvin was talking about not playing against Deion Sanders anymore, and he seemed to be mighty relieved. Irvin's smile, already the brightest and widest in the history of professional sports, was getting brighter and wider with each word. Now, the nightmare is someone else's. Now, Deion Sanders is a teammate of Irvin's on the Dallas Cowboys, and now, someone else can worry about beating the most unbeatable cornerback in football. "He is, no doubt, the best defensive back in the league and one of the best ever to have played the game," Irvin, the Cowboys' four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, said last week.
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September 19, 1996 | By Michael Rosenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Jason Hill was younger, he didn't set a goal to play college football. He didn't think about being the best defensive back in South Jersey. He didn't even worry about being a high school starter. He had another, more basic concern. He just wanted to get on the field. And it wasn't easy. There were obstacles, namely Hill's older brother, Harold 3d, and his cousins. "Jason was the baby," Harold Hill Jr. said. "They didn't want Jason to play on their team because he was the youngest one. That motivated Jason.
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March 1, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Penn State reportedly has landed two top recruits - a quarterback and cornerback - for the class of 2013. Christian Hackenberg has made a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions, according to Lions247.com and Bluewhiteillustrated.com. Hackenberg, who is attending Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, is a 6-4, 210-pounder. He is the first verbal commitment of the Nits' 2013 class. He is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247 Sports. The cornerback is 5-11, 180-pound Ross Douglas, a speedster from Avon.
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January 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Wile E. Coyote and Richard Sherman have a lot in common, starting with the fact that they are both super geniuses. For those of you unfamiliar with Wile E., the cartoon coyote created in 1948 was originally voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc and has spent his entire film life chasing the Road Runner. Sherman, of course, is an NFL cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. If you didn't know that Sunday morning, you did by Sunday night, which is why he qualifies for the title of super genius.
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January 24, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala. - Oklahoma corner Aaron Colvin crumpled at the end of a one-on-one passing drill in Tuesday afternoon's South team Senior Bowl practice. In the stands, Colvin's agent, Ken Sarnoff, immediately feared the worst. Sarnoff worked his way down to the field, where an orthopedist on hand already was manipulating Colvin's right knee. It felt loose. Quickly, Colvin was loaded into a car for transport to an MRI clinic. Sarnoff jumped into his rental car and the caravan sped off. "It's the most devastating thing I've experienced in 16 years in the business," Sarnoff said yesterday from Pensacola, Fla., where he accompanied Colvin to the clinic of famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
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January 3, 2014 | BY JOHN MURROW, Daily News Staff Writer murrowj@phillynews.com
BRANDON BOYKIN'S interception of Kyle Orton in the final minutes of the fourth quarter against Dallas was much more than a division-clinching play. For Boykin, it was a moment he and the city of Philadelphia will never forget. As Boykin stepped in front of Cowboys receiver Miles Austin to grab his second game-clinching interception of the season, the 2012 fourth-round draft pick added to what had already been a spectacular sophomore season with the Eagles. "It was good, really good.
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November 22, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Boykin has become too valuable to the Eagles for him to be an every-down defensive player, a contradiction that will continue throughout the season. Boykin, a second-year cornerback who leads the Eagles with four interceptions, has been one of the defense's top players through 11 games. But his work has come almost exclusively as the nickel cornerback, a position that defensive coordinator Bill Davis considers a starting spot even if it is not in the base defense. It is difficult to play the slot and difficult to find players who can capably fill that role.
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November 6, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Left tackle Jason Peters and cornerback Bradley Fletcher exited Sunday's 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders with pectoral injuries. Coach Chip Kelly said Peters would not practice on Tuesday, but he expects him to return this week. Kelly was vague about Fletcher, saying that he would "see as the week goes along. " The Eagles already are thin at cornerback, with only four on the active roster. The team has one open roster spot, so it could add another cornerback this week. One player who can help at cornerback is safety Patrick Chung, who returned to the lineup after missing two weeks with a shoulder injury.
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October 18, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles have starting cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher switch sides during practice. They do this in case defensive coordinator Bill Davis wants to have one of them follow an opposing wide receiver around the field during a game. That has not been Davis' preferred style this season. He has kept the starting cornerbacks on designated sides - Williams on the right, Fletcher on the left - and that's expected to continue when the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
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October 10, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ever confident, DeSean Jackson is eager to be covered on Sunday by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis. Jackson said this game is not about his matchup with Revis, but he's also not worried about how he stacks up against the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. "I don't think he can run with me, I don't think he's as fast as me," the Eagles receiver said. "It'll be a challenge. He's a great player. Nothing to take away from him. " Revis is a four-time Pro Bowler and former AFC defensive player of the year.
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September 22, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's young cornerbacks impressed in their first two games as new starters before coming back to earth last week with a clunk against Central Florida. Sophomores Jordan Lucas and Trevor Williams appeared to be a step slow or leaning the wrong way the majority of the time whenever quarterback Blake Bortles threw the football in their direction to one of several talented receivers. The proof showed on the scoreboard: UCF 34, Penn State 31. But it's a new week for the Lions on Saturday at Beaver Stadium with Kent State (1-2)
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September 18, 2013 | BY AMAURO AUSTIN, For the Daily News
FRANKFORD HIGH is one of the few remaining places in the city where you might find multisport stars, as most of its programs are routinely competitive and success breeds participation. However, missing from this year's football roster is last year's starting cornerback, Anthony Wright-Downing, a skywalking athlete, who is also one of the Public League's top senior wing guard prospects at Sankofa Charter. Sankofa, whose main campus sits in the heart of East Frankford, has a cooperative sponsorship with Frankford for football.
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September 13, 2013 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
AT SOME point in Monday night's 33-27 win over the Redskins, cornerback Bradley Fletcher suffered a concussion. We don't know when, we don't know the severity of it and we don't know whether he has cleared any of the required return-to-play concussion protocols, because, well, coach Chip Kelly isn't quite as forthcoming about that kind of information as his predecessor, Andy Reid. All we know is that Fletcher didn't practice yesterday and wasn't even on the NovaCare practice field.
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