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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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January 29, 2015
PHOENIX - Byron Maxwell was the only member of the "Legion of Boom" who did not get one of the Seahawks' 15 podium spots on Super Bowl media day. Maxwell's roaming among Seattle's role players on the overcrowded floor of US Airways Center seemed beneath a player who could potentially be one of the more sought-after free agents in the offseason. Such is life for the junior member of the Seahawks' starting secondary, but the soft-spoken cornerback said he didn't care. "To be honest with you, I'll [stay]
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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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September 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Boykin checked Twitter on Friday afternoon and noticed a stream of congratulatory messages. The Eagles rookie cornerback was confused. He checked for news updates and saw that veteran Joselio Hanson had been released. Ten minutes later, Boykin's phone rang. It was Hanson, who shared the information and wished Boykin luck. They had a brief conversation, and Boykin embarked on a season as the Eagles top nickel cornerback. The Eagles' decision to release Hanson, who spent six seasons in Philadelphia, cemented Boykin's status.
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May 7, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly has remained discreet about his requirements for certain positions, but not cornerback. Since arriving in Philadelphia, Kelly's search for tall, long, physical cornerbacks has not been a secret. "Obviously we'd like all our corners to be 6-2-plus and long and that's the ideal world," Kelly said in November. "There's not a ton of them out there. " The NFL draft starts Thursday, and it's an opportune time to find a cornerback who fits the Eagles' prototype. Although talent is ultimately what will sway the Eagles to pick a player, look for the Eagles to target cornerbacks who are at least 6 feet tall with long arms.
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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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March 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Chip Kelly's first foray into free agency in 2013, he sought two starting cornerbacks. The Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. After releasing Williams last week and with Fletcher's contract expiring, the Eagles are again overhauling the position. They could find at least one - and maybe both - on the free-agent market this week. Free agents can sign with new teams starting on Tuesday, and their agents were allowed to begin talking to teams on Saturday. The Eagles will be armed with around $49.5 million in salary-cap space once the LeSean McCoy trade goes through.
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March 8, 2015
WITH THE NEWS earlier this week that the Eagles had released Cary Williams, a good many of the team's fans took to social media to give him a single-digit salute and hurl the kind of insults at the 30-year-old cornerback that they never, ever would have had the guts to hurl if he was standing in front of them. But that's par for the course these days when so many manage to find courage only when they're hiding behind an anonymous user name or a blog that doesn't require them ever to visit a locker room and look a man in the eye. I'm not suggesting Williams deserved a parade down Broad Street for his 2 years of service with the Eagles.
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February 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' brain trust arrives in Indianapolis this week for the annual NFL scouting combine, where it will take a close look at potential prospects for the No. 20 overall pick - at least if it cannot or does not move up in the draft to acquire Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Eagles have pressing needs in the secondary, where they must upgrade both cornerback and safety. The depth chart will still likely change after free agency, but NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes the Eagles could find that their needs and draft slot align in the first round.
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January 29, 2015
PHOENIX - Byron Maxwell was the only member of the "Legion of Boom" who did not get one of the Seahawks' 15 podium spots on Super Bowl media day. Maxwell's roaming among Seattle's role players on the overcrowded floor of US Airways Center seemed beneath a player who could potentially be one of the more sought-after free agents in the offseason. Such is life for the junior member of the Seahawks' starting secondary, but the soft-spoken cornerback said he didn't care. "To be honest with you, I'll [stay]
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December 28, 2014
Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher is the NFL leader in two dubious categories. Passing Yds. Allowed Fletcher, EAGLES 1,072 Jason McCourty, TEN 1,033 William Gay, PIT 897 Darrin Walls, NYJ 855 Brandon Carr. DAL 849 TD Catches Allowed If Fletcher allows one more touchdown reception, he will have allowed more in a season than any cornerback since 2008. Opp TDS Fletcher, EAGLES 9 Patrick Peterson, ARZ 8 Greg Toler, IND 8 David Amerson, WAS 8 First in Snaps Eagles cornerback Cary Williams is on pace to lead all NFL cornerbacks in snaps played for the second straight year.
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December 24, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRADLEY FLETCHER, who still looked haunted yesterday, said he didn't know whether he will start in Sunday's meaningless season finale against the New York Giants. Practice was "pretty much the same," said the Eagles' much-vilified cornerback, who added: "I'll know by the end of the week. " That was what defensive coordinator Bill Davis had told reporters earlier yesterday, that he would decide by the end of the week whether to start Fletcher for the 16th time this season, or go with either Nolan Carroll or Brandon Boykin.
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December 20, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There are times when playing cornerback in the National Football League is no fun. These are referred to as "game days. " It's a tough job, the task of defending an elite pass catcher who has the advantage of knowing the play ahead of time. In some ways, it doesn't even seem like a fair job. A carpenter does not have to hit his thumb with a hammer in front of 60,000 people and then have carpentry analysts cackle over the slow-motion replay of how it happened. Of course, carpenters don't usually make a base salary of $3.275 million per year, either, which is the compensation Bradley Fletcher is receiving this season for the pleasure of being a civic scapegoat in Philadelphia.
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December 18, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took the third Dez Bryant touchdown for Bill Davis to spare Bradley Fletcher further abuse and put Cary Williams exclusively on the Cowboys receiver. By that point, the Eagles were down, 35-27, and there was less than 11 minutes left in Sunday's game. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw only three more passes the rest of the way and the damage had already been done in an Eagles loss. Davis said he didn't think of making the move until he felt it was time to make it - after Fletcher was beaten for the last time and his technique wasn't sound.
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November 13, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
MIKE QUICK, the All-Pro receiver turned analyst, was saying yesterday that he thought the Eagles' cornerbacks had played well for most of this season, that a few communication issues and a few unsightly "X" plays (20-plus yards) had tilted public perception against that premise and at times made cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher less popular in this town than Joe Buck after a nationally televised loss. But both corners picked off passes in Monday's 45-21 thrashing of the Carolina Panthers, and were integral pieces of the Eagles' nine-sack performance as well.
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October 9, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Davis watched every play of Sunday's Eagles-Rams game five times. The Eagles' defensive coordinator broke down each incompletion and each touchdown. He concluded that Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are the Eagles' best options at starting cornerback. "If there was a change to be made, I promise you we would make it," Davis said Tuesday. "But it's got to be for the right reasons. Are they doing what we ask them to do, and can they get it done? And right now, the answer is yes to that.
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