August 3, 2016 |
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.
August 2, 2016 |
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.
August 1, 2016 |
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.
July 29, 2016 |
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.
July 23, 2016 |
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.
April 1, 2016 |
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.
March 17, 2016 |
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.
March 10, 2016 |
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.
February 29, 2016 |
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.
December 28, 2015 |
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.