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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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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 7, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly has remained discreet about his requirements for certain positions, but not cornerback. Since arriving in Philadelphia, Kelly's search for tall, long, physical cornerbacks has not been a secret. "Obviously we'd like all our corners to be 6-2-plus and long and that's the ideal world," Kelly said in November. "There's not a ton of them out there. " The NFL draft starts Thursday, and it's an opportune time to find a cornerback who fits the Eagles' prototype. Although talent is ultimately what will sway the Eagles to pick a player, look for the Eagles to target cornerbacks who are at least 6 feet tall with long arms.
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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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November 21, 2009 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Under different circumstances, perhaps the Eagles could afford to have Sheldon Brown injured. But for a team decimated by injuries, Brown's hamstring strain doesn't register the way it might for another player because the cornerback has been so reliable in his eight seasons in Philadelphia. In light of the Eagles' desperation at cornerback, there might not be a player the team can afford to be without more than Brown. He was listed as questionable for tomorrow night's game at Chicago, even though he insisted yesterday that he would play in the nationally televised game.
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November 5, 1995 | By Dave Caldwell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael Irvin was talking about not playing against Deion Sanders anymore, and he seemed to be mighty relieved. Irvin's smile, already the brightest and widest in the history of professional sports, was getting brighter and wider with each word. Now, the nightmare is someone else's. Now, Deion Sanders is a teammate of Irvin's on the Dallas Cowboys, and now, someone else can worry about beating the most unbeatable cornerback in football. "He is, no doubt, the best defensive back in the league and one of the best ever to have played the game," Irvin, the Cowboys' four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, said last week.
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September 19, 1996 | By Michael Rosenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Jason Hill was younger, he didn't set a goal to play college football. He didn't think about being the best defensive back in South Jersey. He didn't even worry about being a high school starter. He had another, more basic concern. He just wanted to get on the field. And it wasn't easy. There were obstacles, namely Hill's older brother, Harold 3d, and his cousins. "Jason was the baby," Harold Hill Jr. said. "They didn't want Jason to play on their team because he was the youngest one. That motivated Jason.
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November 13, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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October 9, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 8, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
It does not sound as if Eagles coach Chip Kelly plans to make a change at cornerback in the starting lineup. "No," Kelly said about the possibility, before pointing out that slot cornerback Brandon Boykin played all 26 snaps in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 34-28 win over the St. Louis Rams. The undersize cornerback is mentioned most often as a candidate to replace Bradley Fletcher or Cary Williams on the outside. With the Rams needing to pass their way back into the game, the Eagles used nickel and dime formations exclusively in the fourth quarter.
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September 8, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
A PLAYER'S first game with a new team in a new city can make for a memorable experience. To that end, Malcolm Jenkins envisions his Eagles debut tomorrow as transpiring nothing like his introduction to the NFL 5 years ago. It came during the Saints' season opener at the Superdome after, on the second play from scrimmage in the second half, starting cornerback Tracy Porter went down briefly with an injury. So on third-and-6, New Orleans stacked the box and blitzed Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, leaving the just-inserted Jenkins, a 21-year-old rookie, to attempt to blanket Calvin Johnson all by himself.
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August 13, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles are specific about how they want cornerbacks to play. If you don't like contact, you need not apply. When they signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher last offseason, it was because they're both rangy and physical. The signing of Nolan Carroll in March began with the same premise. The league's emphasis on limiting contact by defensive backs this season especially affects players who rely on using a physical presence against wide receivers. Although neither Williams nor Fletcher was flagged in Friday's preseason loss to Chicago, the Eagles committed three defensive holding penalties.
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August 7, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Kareem Ali showed up at 10th and Diamond Streets for Matt Rhule's football camp on July 19, the player who had committed to Maryland figured he was "just going for a workout. " But that changed after Ali, ranked as the No. 28 defensive back in the Class of 2015 by Rivals.com, arrived at the Owls facility. The Timber Creek cornerback began that Saturday morning by asking his father, former Owls defensive back Kareem Sr., some questions that caused his eyebrows to arch. "He said, 'Dad would you be mad if I decommitted?
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May 7, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
Third in a series of looks at positions the Eagles might target in the May 8-10 NFL draft: CORNERBACK What they have: The Eagles last year signed two veteran corners, Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams, who fit the size and strength profile Bill Davis' defensive system requires. They can play physically, battling tall receivers for the ball. The nickel corner, Brandon Boykin, is the Eagles' most athletic defensive back, with the most potential. Boykin intercepted a team-high six passes last season, despite playing a little more than half of the snaps.
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May 7, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly has remained discreet about his requirements for certain positions, but not cornerback. Since arriving in Philadelphia, Kelly's search for tall, long, physical cornerbacks has not been a secret. "Obviously we'd like all our corners to be 6-2-plus and long and that's the ideal world," Kelly said in November. "There's not a ton of them out there. " The NFL draft starts Thursday, and it's an opportune time to find a cornerback who fits the Eagles' prototype. Although talent is ultimately what will sway the Eagles to pick a player, look for the Eagles to target cornerbacks who are at least 6 feet tall with long arms.
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May 1, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is Cary Williams' second spring in Philadelphia, and it is expected to be quieter than his first. Williams did not necessarily endear himself to Eagles fans last year with his occasional offseason program absences and subsequent explanations. But Williams started all 16 games at cornerback for the Eagles and was an important contributor on a struggling defense. He is expected to return as a starter, and will need to help the NFL's worst pass defense. He also will remain an outspoken voice in the locker room - albeit a little more careful with his words.
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January 25, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Wile E. Coyote and Richard Sherman have a lot in common, starting with the fact that they are both super geniuses. For those of you unfamiliar with Wile E., the cartoon coyote created in 1948 was originally voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc and has spent his entire film life chasing the Road Runner. Sherman, of course, is an NFL cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. If you didn't know that Sunday morning, you did by Sunday night, which is why he qualifies for the title of super genius.
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