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Nnamdi Asomugha

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Eagles’ Change Approach; Megatron, Lions Bust Loose

The plan heading into Sunday’s game against the Lions was to switch up the looks on Calvin Johnson to keep him guessing. That tactic was used sparingly early on. By our count, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lined up over Johnson just three times in the first half. Nnamdi Asomugha was in charge of Megatron the rest of the time.

Johnson ended the half with one catch for 28 yards.

“I was on him most of the game,” said Asomugha. “I think when we got to the fourth quarter there was a lot more trying to give him a different look, give him something else so that he doesn’t get comfortable with one guy. There were sometimes, especially in the fourth quarter, when Dominique would go to him.”

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Nnamdi Heat Linked To DRC

The argument isn’t (or shouldn’t be) whether Nnamdi Asomugha is playing well. For the most part, he is. It’s whether he is living up to the five-year, $60 million deal he signed last offseason.

Right now it’s difficult to build a case that Asomugha is earning his paycheck, considering what Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is doing on the other side of the field. DRC’s numbers are better, and he’s making considerably less coin.

Take a look at the side-by-side comparison of the two corners.

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Cheat Sheet: Eagles’ Defense Vs. Lions’ Offense

Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan CastilloHere are 10 things to know about how the Eagles’ defense matches up with the Lions’ offense.

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All-22: How the Defense Lost the Chess Match

The key 20-yard completion from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown on 3rd-and-12 is probably seared into your brain by this point. But it’s important to revisit, given the way in which it came to pass.

As it turns out, the success of the play is tied directly to a sequence in the first quarter. This is an example of exceptional quarterback awareness, and a reminder of how important it is to keep opposing offenses guessing.

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All-22: What We Saw From the Eagles’ Defense

Here’s what we saw from the Eagles’ defense after having reviewed the All-22 tape.

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Calvin Johnson Expects Eagles To ‘Box’ Him In

Will it be Nnamdi Asomugha or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Calvin Johnson Sunday?

That might not be entirely the right question, because it won’t be a solo mission.

“There’s only been like, not even 10 to 15 snaps this year where I’ve had one-on-one [coverage] or something like it,” said Johnson.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Checking the Penalty Count

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi AsomughaWhich Eagles have committed the most penalties this season? We take a look. Plus, one former Giants player sounds off on Michael Vick, saying Andy Reid needs to bench the quarterback.

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Boykin Gets His Shot At Brown

Philadelphia Eagles CB Brandon Boykin.It didn’t take long for Antonio Brown and Brandon Boykin to lock horns. Two plays, actually.

“I was guarding him and he was supposed to get the screen so I got my chance to hit him,” said Boykin. “Every play I wanted to hit him but it didn’t happen that way, so it’s all good.”

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Eagles’ Defense Hurt On Third Down Late

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin.Ben Roethlisberger entered the game  with a pristine 145.1 quarterback rating on third down. It is when he is at his best, and it proved true again Sunday. Especially late.

There were two key third-down conversions on Pittsburgh’s game-winning drive. The first was a 20-yard completion to Antonio Brown on a 3rd-and-12 from the Pittsburgh 18. The second was a seven-yard out to Emmanuel Sanders on 3rd-and-4 at the Philadelphia 38-yard line that put the Steelers in field goal range. Moments later, Shaun Suisham booted a 34-yard field goal as time expired to win it for Pittsburgh.

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Joyner Says Asomugha’s Confidence Is ‘Shot’

Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha.Former Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner doesn’t like what he’s seeing out of Nnamdi Asomugha.

“He seems to me like he’s lost his confidence,” said Joyner on 97.5 The Fanatic. “And I think one thing that happens when you lose confidence is you begin to break down from a technical standpoint.”

Joyner believes one of the Eagles biggest mistakes was trying to fit Asomugha — a clear press man corner — into a zone scheme last season.

“I think he got put in a situation he wasn’t prepared for, on top of trying to learn a new defense, and his confidence is just gone, shot,” said Joyner. “He’s gone from a guy that was a shutdown corner to in my opinion, as I watch him play, he’s a below-average cornerback right now.”

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All-22 Review: What It Tells Us About Nnamdi

With all the talk surrounding Nnamdi Asomugha‘s play Sunday night, we thought we would switch on the coaches tape to see what it revealed. The question being debated: Was Asomugha burned on a couple big plays against the Giants, or was he let down by his safeties?

Let’s zero in on back-to-back strikes from Eli Manning downfield midway through the fourth that set up the go-ahead score for New York.

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Andy Reid Happy With Nnamdi

 Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo talks to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.Nnamdi Asomugha now has 20 games under his belt with the Eagles, and the jury is still very much out in the court of public opinion.

 Andy Reid on Monday was asked to assess his big-money cornerback following a tight win over the Giants.

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Nnamdi Asomugha Leaves With Eye Injury

Nnamdi Asomugha exited in the first half of the Eagles-Giants game with an eye injury.

Trainers were working on the cornerback on the sideline for a couple series in the second quarter and appeared to be giving him eye drops. He eventually made his way into the locker room with about six minutes remaining in the opening half. He was replaced by Brandon Hughes. 

The press box announcer said that Asomugha went to the hospital for further evaluation. He later corrected himself and announced that Asomugha would return.

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Asomugha, Secondary Get Another Shot At Victor Cruz

Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha.September 25, 2011 is the day that Victor Cruz — and his salsa dance — were introduced to the world. It also marked the first time Eagles fans began to really question if the the substance matched the hype when it came to Nnamdi Asomugha. These two events are not mutually exclusive. Asomugha was around the ball for both backbreaking Cruz touchdowns but didn’t make the play. The next thing you know, Cruz was on the map.

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Cheat Sheet: Eagles’ Defense Vs. Giants’ Offense

Philadelphia Eagles CB Brandon Boykin.Here are 10 things to know about this weekend’s matchup between the Giants’ offense and the Eagles’ defense.