December 28, 2014
Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher is the NFL leader in two dubious categories. Passing Yds. Allowed Fletcher, EAGLES 1,072 Jason McCourty, TEN 1,033 William Gay, PIT 897 Darrin Walls, NYJ 855 Brandon Carr. DAL 849 TD Catches Allowed If Fletcher allows one more touchdown reception, he will have allowed more in a season than any cornerback since 2008. Opp TDS Fletcher, EAGLES 9 Patrick Peterson, ARZ 8 Greg Toler, IND 8 David Amerson, WAS 8 First in Snaps Eagles cornerback Cary Williams is on pace to lead all NFL cornerbacks in snaps played for the second straight year.
December 24, 2014 |
BRADLEY FLETCHER, who still looked haunted yesterday, said he didn't know whether he will start in Sunday's meaningless season finale against the New York Giants. Practice was "pretty much the same," said the Eagles' much-vilified cornerback, who added: "I'll know by the end of the week. " That was what defensive coordinator Bill Davis had told reporters earlier yesterday, that he would decide by the end of the week whether to start Fletcher for the 16th time this season, or go with either Nolan Carroll or Brandon Boykin.
December 20, 2014 |
There are times when playing cornerback in the National Football League is no fun. These are referred to as "game days. " It's a tough job, the task of defending an elite pass catcher who has the advantage of knowing the play ahead of time. In some ways, it doesn't even seem like a fair job. A carpenter does not have to hit his thumb with a hammer in front of 60,000 people and then have carpentry analysts cackle over the slow-motion replay of how it happened. Of course, carpenters don't usually make a base salary of $3.275 million per year, either, which is the compensation Bradley Fletcher is receiving this season for the pleasure of being a civic scapegoat in Philadelphia.
December 18, 2014 |
It took the third Dez Bryant touchdown for Bill Davis to spare Bradley Fletcher further abuse and put Cary Williams exclusively on the Cowboys receiver. By that point, the Eagles were down, 35-27, and there was less than 11 minutes left in Sunday's game. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw only three more passes the rest of the way and the damage had already been done in an Eagles loss. Davis said he didn't think of making the move until he felt it was time to make it - after Fletcher was beaten for the last time and his technique wasn't sound.
November 13, 2014 |
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.
October 9, 2014 |
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.
October 8, 2014 |
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.
September 8, 2014 |
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.
August 13, 2014 |
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.
August 7, 2014 |
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?