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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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January 29, 2015
PHOENIX - Byron Maxwell was the only member of the "Legion of Boom" who did not get one of the Seahawks' 15 podium spots on Super Bowl media day. Maxwell's roaming among Seattle's role players on the overcrowded floor of US Airways Center seemed beneath a player who could potentially be one of the more sought-after free agents in the offseason. Such is life for the junior member of the Seahawks' starting secondary, but the soft-spoken cornerback said he didn't care. "To be honest with you, I'll [stay]
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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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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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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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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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May 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' top two picks lined up against each other on the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday, with second-round defensive back Eric Rowe covering first-round wide receiver Nelson Agholor during drills. This was notable not only because the two players are expected to be contributors this year, but also because Rowe played cornerback. When the two were last on a field together, Agholor played wide receiver for Southern California and Rowe played safety at Utah. Rowe, who has the ability to play both safety and cornerback, is starting his Eagles career at cornerback.
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May 10, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
JaCOREY SHEPHERD hasn't experienced the thrill of victory much. The Eagles' rookie cornerback spent the last four years playing football for everybody's favorite homecoming opponent, the University of Kansas. In those four years, the Jayhawks won a grand total of nine games. Nine. He played for three head coaches in those four years - Turner Gill (who recruited him), Charlie Weis and Clint Bowen, who replaced Weis four games into Shepherd's senior season. "It was tough," Shepherd said.
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May 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly started the second day of the NFL draft with his focus on defensive back Eric Rowe. After Byron Jones went in the first round on Thursday, Rowe was the player they targeted for one of their biggest needs on Friday. Kelly waited through the beginning of the second round. With the Eagles not selecting until the No. 52 overall pick, he did not want to wait any longer. The Eagles traded with the Miami Dolphins to select Rowe at No. 47, surrendering both their fifth-round picks to move up five spots in the second round.
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May 3, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
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May 1, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
CHICAGO - On one part of the field, LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins refused to answer questions regarding the murder of a former girlfriend, and specifically the further police-questioning that predicated his leaving for Louisiana later in the afternoon. On another part, Missouri defensive end Shane Ray - who reportedly failed a drug test in college - was apologizing repeatedly, sincerely, desperately, for being cited for marijuana possession after being pulled over for speeding on Monday.
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April 23, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple's Tavon Young is soft-spoken, but he isn't shy about putting the heat on himself. Maybe it comes from playing out on the island at cornerback, but Young's expectations even exceed those of coach Matt Rhule, which are pretty high to start. Young was asked after spring practice Tuesday what his thoughts were on Temple's formidable cornerback duo, which includes Young and Sean Chandler. The senior-to-be from Oxon Hill, Md., couldn't have set a higher bar. "We want to be the best in the nation, not just the [American Athletic Conference]
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March 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Chip Kelly's first foray into free agency in 2013, he sought two starting cornerbacks. The Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. After releasing Williams last week and with Fletcher's contract expiring, the Eagles are again overhauling the position. They could find at least one - and maybe both - on the free-agent market this week. Free agents can sign with new teams starting on Tuesday, and their agents were allowed to begin talking to teams on Saturday. The Eagles will be armed with around $49.5 million in salary-cap space once the LeSean McCoy trade goes through.
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March 8, 2015
WITH THE NEWS earlier this week that the Eagles had released Cary Williams, a good many of the team's fans took to social media to give him a single-digit salute and hurl the kind of insults at the 30-year-old cornerback that they never, ever would have had the guts to hurl if he was standing in front of them. But that's par for the course these days when so many manage to find courage only when they're hiding behind an anonymous user name or a blog that doesn't require them ever to visit a locker room and look a man in the eye. I'm not suggesting Williams deserved a parade down Broad Street for his 2 years of service with the Eagles.
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February 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' brain trust arrives in Indianapolis this week for the annual NFL scouting combine, where it will take a close look at potential prospects for the No. 20 overall pick - at least if it cannot or does not move up in the draft to acquire Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Eagles have pressing needs in the secondary, where they must upgrade both cornerback and safety. The depth chart will still likely change after free agency, but NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes the Eagles could find that their needs and draft slot align in the first round.
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