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July 23, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has said there will be competition at every position as the Eagles start training camp next week. But there really aren't many spots up for grabs. Here is a look at one of the four positions that is legitimately open: The field: Ron Brooks, Nolan Carroll, Randall Evans, Aaron Grymes, Leodis McKelvin, Jalen Mills, Denzel Rice, Eric Rowe, JaCorey Shepherd, C.J. Smith, and Jaylen Watkins. The favorite: McKelvin appears on track to be the team's No. 1 cornerback.
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If the Eagles turn to a reserve to fill that role, here are the options: Jaylen Watkins, age 23, 5-foot-11, 194: A fourth-round pick in 2014, Watkins has taken first-team snaps at the nickel spot during training camp after an unproductive rookie season. E.J. Biggers, age 28, 6-0, 185: Biggers is the most experienced cornerback on the roster and has started 31 games in five seasons with Tampa Bay and Washington. Randall Evans, age 23, 6-0, 195: A sixth-round pick out of Kansas State, Evans played slot cornerback in college.
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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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February 29, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - Just three years after leaving Eastern Regional High School for Ohio State, Eli Apple is now a potential first-round NFL draft pick. The Voorhees native is one of the top cornerback prospects in the draft. He played only two seasons of college football, but he started both years for the Buckeyes, and his 6-foot-1, 199-pound frame fits the prototype for a press-coverage cornerback in the NFL. "That's something in the NFL that's really important, to be a physical guy at the line of scrimmage and be able to take receivers off their path," Apple said.
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July 29, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
C.J. Smith sat alone in his apartment crying with the lights off. His body had "shut down," and he didn't want to talk to anyone. He felt sorry for himself. After Smith injured his knee in a spring practice at college, he stayed on the field for a few more plays. But once he got the official diagnosis afterward, he'd have to spend the entire summer entering his senior year rehabbing. North Dakota State's defensive backs coach, Joe Klanderman, called him after the surgery and said not to worry about the circumstance.
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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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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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May 14, 2015
The Eagles announced yesterday that cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, their sixth-round draft choice from Kansas, has agreed to terms with the club on a four-year contract. Quick signings of draft choices are some of the results of recent NFL collective bargaining agreements, which leave teams with a set amount of money they can spend on rookies, based upon their draft position. Gone, for the most part, are the days of long summer holdouts. Shepherd's signing leaves only one unsigned pick from this year's draft class: linebacker Jordan Hicks, their third-round choice from Texas.
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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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August 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
NEWPORT, R.I. - It is not a surprising decision, but it is one that will have a big impact on Temple's defense. In the spring, Temple football coach Matt Rhule suggested that junior Sean Chandler could be moving from cornerback to safety. On Monday, Rhule confirmed that Chandler, a standout at Camden High, is indeed moving to safety. The reason for the move is so Chandler's ball hawking skills can be displayed over the entire field instead of just one area while playing cornerback.
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August 2, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Nolan Carroll returned to practice Sunday after leaving Saturday's session with a sore right ankle, which is the same leg that Carroll injured last season. Carroll told reporters he's "good," and coach Doug Pederson had Carroll on the field without issue. "All it is, basically, is it's his first time back out there on the football field, so it just got sore," Pederson said. "It's not an ankle sprain [or] an injury, it just got sore over the length of the practice yesterday, and it's just something that we'll have to monitor.
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August 1, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Jalen Mills fell and either couldn't or wouldn't get up. He eventually hopped up, which was all Jim Schwartz and Cory Undlin needed to see to know the cornerback hadn't suffered an injury. "Jalen, get up and finish," Schwartz, the defensive coordinator, said from the sideline. Undlin, who was positioned about 20 yards behind Mills, had harsher words. "Get the [heck] up and run," the Eagles defensive backs coach shouted. Mills' effort - or lack thereof - was the perfect opportunity for the coaches to dress down a rookie who hadn't yet faced much adversity.
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July 29, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
C.J. Smith sat alone in his apartment crying with the lights off. His body had "shut down," and he didn't want to talk to anyone. He felt sorry for himself. After Smith injured his knee in a spring practice at college, he stayed on the field for a few more plays. But once he got the official diagnosis afterward, he'd have to spend the entire summer entering his senior year rehabbing. North Dakota State's defensive backs coach, Joe Klanderman, called him after the surgery and said not to worry about the circumstance.
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July 23, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has said there will be competition at every position as the Eagles start training camp next week. But there really aren't many spots up for grabs. Here is a look at one of the four positions that is legitimately open: The field: Ron Brooks, Nolan Carroll, Randall Evans, Aaron Grymes, Leodis McKelvin, Jalen Mills, Denzel Rice, Eric Rowe, JaCorey Shepherd, C.J. Smith, and Jaylen Watkins. The favorite: McKelvin appears on track to be the team's No. 1 cornerback.
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April 1, 2016 | By Erin McCarthy, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When cornerback John Reid arrived in State College in the fall, he didn't expect to start in his first college game. Speaking with the media for the first time, the St. Joseph's Prep graduate said Wednesday night that his support system prepared him for that challenge. "The guys on the team were all very welcoming. They answered all my questions. I ask a lot of questions," Reid said. "I think my preparation, the people around me, the people in the building, allowed me to play a role like that.
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March 17, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
THE EAGLES made another move to solidify their defensive backfield Tuesday, signing corner Nolan Carroll to a one-year deal worth $2.36 million that can pay as much as $3 million, a source close to the situation said. Carroll, 29, started 11 games for the Eagles in 2015, intercepting two passes, before suffering a season-ending broken fibula. He is expected to contend with Leodis McKelvin, signed as a free agent from Buffalo, for the starting job opposite Eric Rowe, the team's 2015 second-round draft pick.
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March 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
There was the thrill of Howie Roseman's trading away the underperforming DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso on Monday, followed shortly thereafter by the agony of realizing the Eagles vice president of football operations would also be responsible for replacing those players. While the compensation for Murray, who was dealt to the Titans, and Maxwell and Alonso, who were traded to the Dolphins, won't likely be announced until Wednesday, the Eagles rid themselves of two overpaid free agents and the injury-prone return on the LeSean McCoy trade.
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February 29, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - Just three years after leaving Eastern Regional High School for Ohio State, Eli Apple is now a potential first-round NFL draft pick. The Voorhees native is one of the top cornerback prospects in the draft. He played only two seasons of college football, but he started both years for the Buckeyes, and his 6-foot-1, 199-pound frame fits the prototype for a press-coverage cornerback in the NFL. "That's something in the NFL that's really important, to be a physical guy at the line of scrimmage and be able to take receivers off their path," Apple said.
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December 28, 2015 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
It wasn't the cornerbacks' fault. There was plenty with which to take issue, looking at the Eagles' defensive effort in Saturday night's 38-24, playoff-hope-crushing loss to the Washington Redskins, but the main thing many observers worried about going into the game didn't happen. As was feared, Byron Maxwell, the Eagles' $63 million corner, couldn't play with a sprain in his SC joint, where the collarbone connects to the sternum. E.J. Biggers took Maxwell's place in the base defense, with Biggers moving inside in nickel and dime packages and Jaylen Watkins coming in on the outside.
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