November 22, 2013 |
Brandon Boykin has become too valuable to the Eagles for him to be an every-down defensive player, a contradiction that will continue throughout the season. Boykin, a second-year cornerback who leads the Eagles with four interceptions, has been one of the defense's top players through 11 games. But his work has come almost exclusively as the nickel cornerback, a position that defensive coordinator Bill Davis considers a starting spot even if it is not in the base defense. It is difficult to play the slot and difficult to find players who can capably fill that role.
November 6, 2013 |
Left tackle Jason Peters and cornerback Bradley Fletcher exited Sunday's 49-20 win over the Oakland Raiders with pectoral injuries. Coach Chip Kelly said Peters would not practice on Tuesday, but he expects him to return this week. Kelly was vague about Fletcher, saying that he would "see as the week goes along. " The Eagles already are thin at cornerback, with only four on the active roster. The team has one open roster spot, so it could add another cornerback this week. One player who can help at cornerback is safety Patrick Chung, who returned to the lineup after missing two weeks with a shoulder injury.
October 18, 2013 |
The Eagles have starting cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher switch sides during practice. They do this in case defensive coordinator Bill Davis wants to have one of them follow an opposing wide receiver around the field during a game. That has not been Davis' preferred style this season. He has kept the starting cornerbacks on designated sides - Williams on the right, Fletcher on the left - and that's expected to continue when the Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
October 10, 2013 |
Ever confident, DeSean Jackson is eager to be covered on Sunday by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis. Jackson said this game is not about his matchup with Revis, but he's also not worried about how he stacks up against the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. "I don't think he can run with me, I don't think he's as fast as me," the Eagles receiver said. "It'll be a challenge. He's a great player. Nothing to take away from him. " Revis is a four-time Pro Bowler and former AFC defensive player of the year.
September 22, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State's young cornerbacks impressed in their first two games as new starters before coming back to earth last week with a clunk against Central Florida. Sophomores Jordan Lucas and Trevor Williams appeared to be a step slow or leaning the wrong way the majority of the time whenever quarterback Blake Bortles threw the football in their direction to one of several talented receivers. The proof showed on the scoreboard: UCF 34, Penn State 31. But it's a new week for the Lions on Saturday at Beaver Stadium with Kent State (1-2)
September 18, 2013 |
FRANKFORD HIGH is one of the few remaining places in the city where you might find multisport stars, as most of its programs are routinely competitive and success breeds participation. However, missing from this year's football roster is last year's starting cornerback, Anthony Wright-Downing, a skywalking athlete, who is also one of the Public League's top senior wing guard prospects at Sankofa Charter. Sankofa, whose main campus sits in the heart of East Frankford, has a cooperative sponsorship with Frankford for football.
September 13, 2013 |
AT SOME point in Monday night's 33-27 win over the Redskins, cornerback Bradley Fletcher suffered a concussion. We don't know when, we don't know the severity of it and we don't know whether he has cleared any of the required return-to-play concussion protocols, because, well, coach Chip Kelly isn't quite as forthcoming about that kind of information as his predecessor, Andy Reid. All we know is that Fletcher didn't practice yesterday and wasn't even on the NovaCare practice field.
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.
August 28, 2013 |
The Eagles have a cornerback problem. And it's not even with the starters, who have yet to prove that last season's issues in the secondary are solved. It's with the depth at the position, which has been decimated by injuries. The Eagles are left with only five healthy cornerbacks going into Thursday's final preseason game against the New York Jets. Coach Chip Kelly will be forced to play regulars at cornerback because of the lack of numbers. Curtis Marsh was already sidelined with a fractured hand.
August 13, 2013 |
IF CHIP KELLY had those pictorial flash cards for his defense, as well, Friday night the Eagles would have been employing a scheme depicted by a photo of a wet paper towel. Cary Williams noticed this, and was troubled. The Birds' sconce-shopping cornerback thinks his teammates need to toughen up. And yesterday, on his first day back from a hamstring injury that prohibited him from taking part in that 31-22, preseason-opening loss to the New England Patriots, Williams explained that the Eagles lack the fight, the edginess of his former team, the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.