Cooper On Criticism: ‘Negativity Sells’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Riley Cooper has been backed by the coaching staff at every turn this season. Whenever his level of play or production is questioned by the media, he receives a strong defense. On Monday it was Chip Kelly. On Tuesday, Pat Shurmur followed suit.

“The last time I checked he only has two drops, right?” asked Shurmur. “Other than that when we throw him the ball he catches it. We don’t have a problem with him. Somebody does, but we don’t.

“We certainly see it different than you do. We’re comfortable with him out there playing and we don’t have a problem like I think some people questioning me do.”

Cooper spent a good 15 minutes or so at his locker with reporters today talking about the public criticism versus the in-house praise. Is the coaching staff as complimentary in the meeting room as they are at the podium?

“Absolutely,” he said. “I have a very, very close relationship with Chip. We talk very frequently. I’m one of the captains of our room, me and Jeremy [Maclin], so we’re always going up to Chip with ideas and things and talking – sometimes not even about football. I’m real close with Chip.” Read more »

Morgan: ‘Football Gave My Life Structure’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Davon Morgan was lying. He had to.

The 25-year-old defensive back had been waiting for this moment for 983 days, but while he prepared to leave his Philadelphia hotel room after rookie camp ended in May, he told his roommate he didn’t make the team.

“I held it in because I knew my roommate was going home and I didn’t want to make him feel worse than he already was,” said Morgan, who was the only one of seven tryout players to make the Eagles 90-man roster. “I just gave him words of advice and told him to keep putting in the work. You can never lose your faith.”

Morgan never did, even when the Jets cut him in 2011. Or after three failed Canadian Football League (CFL) tryouts. Or after a season in the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) failed to attract much attention.

But his focus never wavered, even if his dream of making it back to the NFL diminished by the day.

“What he did is rare, very rare,” said Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis. “It’s an incredible story.” Read more »

Source: Eagles Sign Cornerback Roc Carmichael

The Eagles have signed cornerback Roc Carmichael off the Houston Texans’ practice squad, according to a league source.

Originally a fourth-round pick by the Texans in 2011, Carmichael (5-10, 190) appeared in six games for Houston last season, recording nine tackles and one pass defensed.  The 25-year-old spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He was a contributor on special teams for the Texans.

To make room on the roster, Brandon Hughes has been placed on short-term injured reserve, meaning he can return to game action in eight weeks and the practice field in six weeks.

Carmichael, a Virginia Tech product, ran a 4.4 at the Combine. This was CBS Sports’ pre-draft analysis :

Explosive, rangy athlete with nice acceleration and top-end speed. Lanky and slender, but isn’t afraid to go for the big hit. Fearless tackler willing to engage bigger backs and receivers head-on. Gets his head around in coverage and adjusts his body nicely to the ball in the air. Has a second gear that allows him to close gaps between himself and receivers who have gained separation…

Struggles to get his hands on opposing receivers and create disruptive contact at the line of scrimmage when playing press. Doesn’t crowd receivers enough in man coverage, often leaving an unnecessary cushion of space both off the line and downfield, thus allowing the receiver room to maintain balance and keep route accuracy.

The Eagles were in talks with Carmichael’s representation a couple weeks back but a deal never got done and the defensive back ended up joining Houston’s practice squad.

The Eagles have some depth issues at corner. Bradley Fletcher missed Sunday’s game against the Chargers with a concussion. Brandon Boykin got the start on the outside but moved into the slot in nickel packages. Hughes played outside in those situations but injured his hamstring during the game, forcing  Billy Davis to plug safety Patrick Chung into the slot at times. Fletcher is expected to play Thursday against the Chiefs.

The other corners currently on the roster  are Shaun Prater and rookie Jordan Poyer, who struggled in the opener against Washington.

Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post was first with the report.