Eagles Add CB Prater, Waive Curtis Marsh

The Eagles today claimed cornerback Shaun Prater off waivers from the Bengals and waived/injured Curtis Marsh.

Prater (5-10, 190) was a fifth-round pick out of Iowa in 2012, but was sidelined during his rookie season because of a knee injury (patella tendinitis, per the Bengals’ Web site). He was a three-year starter and two-time All-Big Ten first-team selection with the Hawkeyes. Prater had seven career interceptions and forced four fumbles as a senior.

According to Bengals.com, Prater was a linebacker/safety in high school. But the coaches at Iowa moved him to cornerback.

“I had no idea how to play corner,” he said. “I’m a football junkie. I watched Deion Sanders for his man coverage, Darrelle Revis for his press coverage. Off technique from Champ Bailey.”

He may be a “football junkie” but Prater has other interests as well.

“I’d love to go work for the FBI,” Prater said. “Both of us [him and his brother] want to do something dangerous, exciting. A secret agent. The Navy. Or SWAT. We’re people that love to take risks. It makes us feel alive instead of working 9 to 5 at a desk.”

Per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals would have liked to keep Prater on their practice squad, but he was the team’s seventh-best corner.

As for Marsh, the 2011 third-round pick injured his hand during the preseason. The Eagles’ top three picks from that draft – Danny Watkins, Jaiquawn Jarrett and Marsh – are not currently on the 53-man roster. Marsh had a chance to earn playing time last year with the struggles in the secondary, but he couldn’t get on the field. He had good speed and size measurables coming out of Utah State, but never put it together here.

The Eagles still have six cornerbacks on the roster: Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Prater, Brandon Hughes and rookie Jordan Poyer.

Williams and Fletcher figure to start, with Boykin as the nickel.

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  • Guest

    trust me.. if you want something exciting than working at a desk 9 to 5, stay away from FBI

    • Justin

      Or the Navy for that matter, unless your goal is to be a SEAL.

      • Philly0312

        Concur with both…never heard of many exciting FBI job

        • Justin

          It sounds as though he reads Tom Clancy. I know because I read Tom Clancy.

          • Media Mike

            Reading Tom Clancy makes me want to dress up like Special Ops and take out random bad people!

    • UKEagle99

      For excitement he should be.. “A Lion tamer!” Although, NFL cornerback to lion tamer is a bit of a jump, probably best to go through banking.

  • Media Mike

    JESUS! We just cut a guy who more wanted to be a fireman than a football player and now we added a fake cop. Are we trying to put the entire Village People roster together?

    • Eaglehaslanded

      laughing my butt off!

      • Media Mike

        And we had Sam “The Truck Driver” Rayburn a few years ago.

    • Will

      LOL…..that’s just to damm funny.LMAO!!!!

      • Media Mike

        Thank you.

        • Will

          Still Laughing….Quote of the Day…lol…

    • Johnny Domino

      Sonny Sixkiller used to be with the Bell, maybe Papale still has his number.

      • Media Mike

        We’ll have to check that out.

  • Media Mike

    Jokes about Watkins aside, this could be interesting as Cincy has a very deep d-backfield and they’ve drafted well over the past few years.

    • Will

      Agree Cincy D ate our Offense last year….still it’s there picked thru left over’s…

      • Media Mike

        That is one of my favorite Ds to watch. Especially if they’re kicking the Steelers’ rear ends. Doubly so if I happen to be up at Penn State on that weekend.

  • Eaglehaslanded

    If healthy he is a good corner.

    • Media Mike

      Can’t be worse than Marsh.

  • Warhound

    Top three pix from two years ago are gone! Roll that around for a moment. Sheesh… That should, at the least, be two starters and an important role player. Ugh…

    • Media Mike

      Complete and total failure that will likely retard the growth of the team under Kelly by one full year.

      • Will

        In all fairness Offense this year is the focus, hopefully Defense next year…maybe they can work a few trades at this point…

        • Media Mike

          They still have a ton of needs.

          • Will

            Losing Sheppard and McCoy sure didn’t help there cause any….

          • Media Mike

            Tommy Lawlor had an interesting take on McCoy’s ceiling being 27 already, etc.

            The problem with OLB right now is that the Eagles have nobody to back up Barwin on that side of the formation in what would be the SAM role if they’re in 4-3 under as many suspect. Graham is a flat out QB killer who can somewhat play the run, but not really cover. Cole is a declining player who needs to show me he can do anything other than be solid vs. the run. McCoy was a less version of Graham with less skills playing the run and none covering passes. He would have been the 3rd string predator and inactive most weeks.

            I think McCoy would have been important to keep if they’d have traded Cole to a 4-3 team in need of DE. I’m still not sure why Cole is here if we’re in a rebuild. The dead money this year only exceeds his salary by $1.1 million and losing him would open up money to go after more 3-4 guys next year and beyond.

            http://www.eaglescap.com/Players/TrentCole.html

  • Explorer51

    Looking at that 2011 draft (can’t help myself, it’s like gawking at a car wreck), our picks in the first four rounds all should have been picked at least two rounds later: Watkins (3), Jarrett (4), Marsh (5), Matthews (FA), Henery (6)…this wouldn’t have shocked or upset anyone and it may even have helped Watkins’ and Jarrett’s transition to the NFL. And regardless of who was at fault…Howie, Andy, or Banner, what does it say about “the good ol’ boys network” that these three are still a GM, Head Coach, and CEO in the league? And if you really want to throw up in your mouth, read that Grantland article that claims the 2011 draft may have been one of the best for defensive players ever…

    • Media Mike

      I don’t put a lot of stock in Grantland because Bill Simmons is Boston trash that also overrates Kobe Bryant. F him.
      But I agree with most of your draft stuff except Watkins was often mock drafted in the first round or early 2nd.

      • Gary

        You should rethink your opinion on Grantland.

        • Media Mike

          I know some of the stuff there is good, but so hate Simmons himself that I have to avoid him directly. There has been a lot of denigrating and underrating of Philly with Simmons over the years.

          • Gary

            Eh, to each their own. I like Simmons, and there’s a ton of great content there. Haven’t noticed much anti-Philly stuff.

          • Media Mike

            I’ll have to ask my brother to hit me up with the links. I’ve received a few irate texts from him over the years about content there.

          • Explorer51

            Have to agree with these other guys, Grantland is a great site on sports and popular culture (best Friday Night Lights article ever, plus ongoing Breaking Bad commentary among other non-sports pieces). The Bill Barnwell written article on the 2011 draft was noted and linked here by either Sheil or Tim earlier this week. If you don’t like Simmons (I don’t either though if I lived in Boston I’d feel differently), just avoid his stuff…but don’t miss out on really good writing because he’s an asshat.

          • Media Mike

            I might be convinced!

          • theycallmerob

            If nothing else, read the Chris Brown (Smart Football) articles that post there. They’re football porn.

          • Media Mike

            He needs to come to the conclusion that the 91 Eagles are the best D in the history of the concept of defending and then I can be ok with the writing.
            Some other non-negotiable are NO HOF for Bettis, Kurt Warner, and Eli Manning.

          • UKEagle99

            Amen. That ’91 game in Houston is etched in my mind. Our D had virtually no help from the offence, McMahon was wearing 2 knee braces. Warren Moon was lighting the league up and our D marched in there and smashed them in the face harder than any D I have ever seen, they got there first 1st down in the fourth quarter, now that is legend.

          • Media Mike

            See, this is the type of stuff that should get guys jumped.

            http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/72553/hotsportstakes-its-not-the-hall-of-very-good

            Iverson, not a HOF player? Go F yourself Andrew Sharp.

    • Dutch

      The call on Jarrett may have been a little fast considering the Jets have found use and are getting something out of the kid when the Eagles could not. He’s expected to see a starting role in New York and Ryan’s defense is always highly rated and a respected unit.

  • ridusofreid

    Still need serious back end /LOS help with a trade not FA. Going into the season with what we have on D is scary. Like Max Jean Gillis in a speedo scary. Actually not that scary but you know what I mean.

    • Media Mike

      I hear you. We’ll be on the wrong end of a few 38-31 games this year I’m sure.

      • ridusofreid

        Roseman is usually pretty aggressive. With Gamble there I think /hope something is up

        • Media Mike

          Rome wasn’t built in a day, so we might have to wait an additional offseason to really upgrade more of the D. I’m still a little salty we didn’t sign Glover Quinn to play FS.

          • BIGJES

            Really feel like we will make a push for Byrd this off-season or perhaps a trade

    • Johnny Domino

      That is BIG sexy.

  • Dutch

    Jaiquawn Jarrett is starting for one of the better defensive units in the NFL, the New York Jets. Think giving up on this kid was a grave mistake considering how effective he’s been up in New York. From my seat that seems a murky picture of talent evaluation going on down at the Novacare center, considering the help the eagles need at the safety position.

    • Eaglehaslanded

      more of an indictment on the coaching

    • BIGJES

      The book on him was he couldn’t pick up the system…
      hmmm… could that be because the system sucked???

    • hillbillybirdsfan

      Making Castillo the defensive coordinator was the pebble in the pond. The team will be feeling the ripples from that decision for years. Maybe if Watkins had Castillo and Jarrett didn’t have him the team would have gotten more out of those guys.

      • jaxeagle

        Great thoughts hillbilly and just gets right to the point of why this team took a nosedive so fast.

    • FluxCapacitor

      One of the better D’s in the NFL? Really?

  • Will

    So Curry, Logan, Thornton, Graham and Barwin, Ryans and Kendricks should you go 4-3 heavy on D…Possibly Brandon Graham, Flectcher Cox and Trent Cole for trade bait…. something needs to be done to improve our safety situation ….Jarius Byrd for one of the above? Better yet Matt Barkley for Byrd….

    • Token

      Cox trade bait? What are you on?

  • annoyed eagles fan

    how is it we only been awarded one claim from the waiver list if we were in the fourth slot? Jacksonville and the chief were in front of us and they got 14 between them…

  • Will

    Is this true? What do you know about him? Thank- you 5’9” 197lbs. Michigan State player… 6th RD. draft pick 2012…signed to PS…..http://www.49ers.com/media-gallery/videos/Camp-Conversation-with-Trent-Robinson/e22e02c3-93f9-4ac1-96f8-619d25816211 career Bio-CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner had 229 tackles, nine interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in 46 career games, including 32 starts at safety . . . his nine interceptions rank tied for 12th in MSU history . . . two-time All-Big Ten honoree (2010: second team-coaches; 2011: first team-media) . . . selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft (No. 180 overall) by the San Francisco 49ers.

    CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Recorded 27 tackles in his four bowl games (6.8 avg.) . . . had six tackles in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d3xwgcd5Zc. . . recorded seven tackles vs. Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl . . . tied for a team high with 13 stops in the 2010 Alamo Bowl against Texas Tech . . . had one tackle in the 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Georgia.- Other things of note 35″ vertical jump and 4.52 40 in NFL Combine 2012.

  • Run Eagles Run

    only thing I know is what I read about him on comcast…. sounded like he started 3 games as a rookie for san fran, they were grooming him for a starter, but ended up drafting a safety in the 1st round who beat him out for the position.