March 9, 2015 |
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.
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.
February 18, 2015 |
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.
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]
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.
December 24, 2014 |
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.
December 20, 2014 |
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.
December 18, 2014 |
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.
November 13, 2014 |
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.
October 9, 2014 |
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.