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July 23, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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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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February 29, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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 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.
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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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September 19, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Leodis McKelvin have both been declared out for the Eagles' game Monday night in Chicago.    Ertz has a displaced rib and McKelvin has a strained hamstring. Brent Celek will start at tight end and Trey Burton will also receive a bump in playing time.    The Eagles will go into the game with only three active cornerbacks: Nolan Carroll, Ron Brooks, and Jalen Mills. Pederson said Brooks would start in the base package and move to the slot in the nickel and dime packages, with Mills playing on the outside.
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September 13, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Nelson Agholor did not reach the end zone for the first time until the fourth month of his rookie season. He needed only three quarters this season. Agholor, the Eagles' 2015 first-round pick, caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the 29-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He finished with four catches for 57 yards, an encouraging start to a sophomore campaign after an inconsistent preseason. On the touchdown, Agholor beat two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden at the line of scrimmage to get open at the release.
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August 31, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
LAST SPRING, when the Eagles signed C.J. Smith, an undrafted cornerback who was Carson Wentz's teammate at North Dakota State, it seemed an interesting footnote. Maybe Wentz, the quarterback the Eagles drafted second overall, wanted a familiar face to hang around with during OTAs, or something. But there Smith was Saturday night in Indianapolis playing at least a little with the Eagles' starters in the third preseason game. Overall, he played 37 snaps against the Colts, and looked pretty good.
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August 26, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The most important player (arguably) on the Eagles defense didn't earn his starting spot until two weeks ago. He spent almost all of the offseason rehabbing a broken ankle and wasn't 100 percent back until three weeks ago. He signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract in March and has never started an entire season. Little is guaranteed in the NFL, but he has spent his career toiling in the shadows of others. He isn't flashy and speaks softly, which is probably why his story has been undersold.
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August 20, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
PITTSBURGH - In Philadelphia, where defense is worshipped and defensive coordinators can be lionized, performances like the one Jim Schwartz's unit displayed Thursday in a 17-0 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers could generate excitement. The Eagles defense has outpaced the offense throughout the summer, and Thursday was no different. The Eagles' hopes for a competitive team will likely depend on a defense that forced four first-half turnovers and kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone.
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August 3, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 2, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 1, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 29, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 23, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
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.
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