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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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August 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Thurmond watches Malcolm Jenkins in practice. He has emulated former teammates Earl Thomas and Antrel Rolle. It's part of his acclimation to a new position, but it's no coincidence those are safeties that Thurmond says he admires. Jenkins and Rolle entered the NFL as cornerbacks before switching to safety. Thomas made the change in college. They all experienced what Thurmond went through this spring, when the Eagles decided to move Thurmond, a career cornerback, to safety. "I have my white belt on," Thurmond said during the spring.
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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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August 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Eagles traded Brandon Boykin, Chip Kelly said one player who would not practice as a slot cornerback - at least initially - was Eric Rowe, the team's second-round draft choice. But after JaCorey Shepherd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Sunday, those plans changed. Rowe was notified on Tuesday morning by defensive backs coach Cory Undlin that he would play the slot this week. And during training camp practice Tuesday, Rowe was the second-team nickel cornerback behind Jaylen Watkins.
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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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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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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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August 14, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
BYRON MAXWELL was barely an Eagle last May when he guaranteed to a reporter that he would be participating in his third consecutive Super Bowl this February. He based this not on the trade that had landed a former first-round pick as quarterback, or the signings of two elite level running backs, or even the fertile football mind of Chip Kelly. Nor was it about himself or any guarantee to deliver on a contract that will pay him as much as $63 million over the next six seasons. Maxwell took a look at the whole picture, particularly the mix of talent assembled in the secondary after two years of nightmarish coverage, a group whose nucleus includes three veterans with Super Bowl experience.
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August 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the Eagles traded Brandon Boykin, Chip Kelly said one player who would not practice as a slot cornerback - at least initially - was Eric Rowe, the team's second-round draft choice. But after JaCorey Shepherd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Sunday, those plans changed. Rowe was notified on Tuesday morning by defensive backs coach Cory Undlin that he would play the slot this week. And during training camp practice Tuesday, Rowe was the second-team nickel cornerback behind Jaylen Watkins.
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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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August 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
JaCorey Shepherd's rookie season is finished before it even started after an MRI exam revealed Monday that the promising cornerback tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. With that diagnosis, the Eagles lost a player who left them intrigued on draft weekend and excited during the spring workouts. He was the first player to take snaps at nickel cornerback after the team dealt Brandon Boykin on the eve of training camp, and Shepherd had been the front-runner for the position.
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August 11, 2015 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
JaCorey Shepherd was carted off the field during a training camp workout Sunday, and the rookie cornerback is due for an MRI exam on his right knee Monday to determine the severity of the injury. If the diagnosis proves to be a torn knee ligament, it would be a tough loss for the Eagles' secondary. Shepherd, a 22-year-old, sixth-round draft pick, is the front-runner to replace Brandon Boykin as the team's top nickel cornerback. He has had a strong training camp and stood out to the coaching staff since the spring.
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August 5, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If JaCorey Shepherd is to remain the slot cornerback by the time the season starts, the Brandon Boykin trade was one that made the Eagles weaker on defense. That isn't a knock on Shepherd or to suggest that he can't eventually surpass Boykin as a slot corner. But to expect the rookie to match his predecessor without having ever played the position would be unrealistic. The good news for the Eagles is they have other options - if only those other options were currently available.
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August 2, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Walter Thurmond watches Malcolm Jenkins in practice. He has emulated former teammates Earl Thomas and Antrel Rolle. It's part of his acclimation to a new position, but it's no coincidence those are safeties that Thurmond says he admires. Jenkins and Rolle entered the NFL as cornerbacks before switching to safety. Thomas made the change in college. They all experienced what Thurmond went through this spring, when the Eagles decided to move Thurmond, a career cornerback, to safety. "I have my white belt on," Thurmond said during the spring.
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August 1, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time he was 13, Eric Rowe had lived in six cities in four states, moving from Ohio to Indiana to Kansas and finally to Texas. It would be convenient if a transient childhood meant that Rowe was better equipped to handle the move from safety to cornerback. More than likely, it does not. He adeptly handled the same position change during his senior season at Utah, switching after three seasons. But Rowe's latest stop will be the most difficult of his career and possibly of his short life.
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June 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CURTIS MARSH, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashad Barksdale, Macho Harris. The ongoing disaster at the safety position gets more attention, but Brandon Boykin, taken in the fourth round in 2012, is the only cornerback the Eagles have drafted since 2002 who has made a significant contribution to the team. In 2002, the Birds drafted Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second, so, that season, they had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor as their starters, Al Harris for the nickel, and Sheppard and Brown just in case.
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June 9, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nolan Carroll's climb to the top of the cornerback depth chart shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched him break up pass after pass last spring. Despite a strong period that carried into training camp, Carroll fell short of supplanting incumbent starters Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams last season. In retrospect, giving Fletcher the nod over Carroll may have been the most costly decision of the Eagles' playoff-less 2014. The starting position opposite prized free agent Byron Maxwell is clearly open this year, and through the first month of spring workouts, Carroll has made it difficult for defensive coordinator Bill Davis to overlook him again.
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