August 12, 2015 |
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.
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.
September 3, 2013 |
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.
February 5, 2013 |
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.
August 2, 2015 |
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.
June 30, 2012 |
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.
May 7, 2014 |
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.
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.
September 5, 2012 |
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.
August 13, 2015 |
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.