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.
December 24, 2015 |
The Eagles returned to practice Tuesday without their two top cornerbacks on the field. Both Byron Maxwell and Eric Rowe exited in the second quarter of the 40-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and their status remains in question for Saturday against the Washington Redskins. Maxwell has a sprain of the SC joint, which connects the collarbone to the sternum. He watched practice from the sideline in street clothes and appeared in discomfort in the locker room afterward. Maxwell is unsure whether he'll be able to play.
December 21, 2015 |
It didn't take long for Tom Brady to test Eric Rowe. On the Patriots' first offensive series two weeks ago, the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback was flushed out of the pocket. Rowe was matched up against Brandon LaFell. The Patriots wide receiver pales in comparison to Detroit's Calvin Johnson, who had gotten the best of the Eagles cornerback in the previous game. But Rowe was making his first career start, and Brady more than compensated for LaFell. It was third down and long, so Rowe didn't press at the line.
December 20, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Toledo cornerback Cheatham Norrils has professional aspirations and rightly so but last year he was wondering if he'd ever return to the football field. A 6-foot, 195-pound senior, Norrils is expected to play a significant role when Toledo (9-2) meets Temple (10-3) in Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl. He earned first-team all-Mid American Conference honors after recording 60 tackles, three interceptions and 13 breakups. It's a remarkable recovery after Norrils missed last season when he contacted an undiagnosed viral infection that left him bed-ridden for weeks.
December 3, 2015 |
Brandon Wilson showed he could adjust on the fly with very little problem. The Houston junior showed his old high school form in quickly switching positions for his team's biggest football game of the season. With the West Division of the American Athletic Conference on the line, Wilson had to shift gears in midweek, moving from cornerback to running back because of a key injury for the Cougars. Playing the position for the first time since high school, Wilson rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries Saturday in a 52-31 win over visiting Navy to clinch the division title.
November 28, 2015 |
DETROIT - Throughout training camp, the Eagles' coaches gushed about the progress of Nolan Carroll, who was entering his second season with the team. A competition for the starting cornerback between Carroll and second-round pick Eric Rowe never truly materialized. Carroll earned the role. Now the job will go to Rowe opposite Byron Maxwell. Carroll suffered a broken right ankle Thursday in the second quarter of the Eagles' 45-14 loss to the Detroit Lions. The injury will end the season for the 28-year-old, who played 99 percent of the Eagles' defensive snaps before Thursday's game.