Eagles Shopping Rowe
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - For much of the summer Eric Rowe has been an afterthought when Doug Pederson or Jim Schwartz addressed the cornerback position and now the former second-round pick is being shopped around by the Eagles, according to New Jersey Advance Media.
Citing a personnel source from another organization in the NFC, NJ.com reports that the Eagles have actually been looking to move Rowe for most of training camp.
What is undoubtedly true is that the University of Utah product has been buried on the Eagles’ depth chart behind projected starters Leodis McKelvin and Nolan Carroll, as well as slot corner Ron Brooks. and rookie seventh-round pick Jalen Mills.
Meanwhile, undrafted rookie C.J. Smith usurped Rowe in the all-important third preseason game and took many reps with the first team.
When you then add in the fact that Rowe played into the fourth quarter in the fourth preseason game, it’s evident that he is not in the Eagles’ plans for consistent playing time once the regular season begins a week from Sunday.
Rowe, who played his first three years in college at safety before shifting to corner, was a premium pick of the Chip Kelly regime so the current powerbrokers, Howie Roseman, Pederson and Schwartz, have no real allegiance to the second-year player, who has struggled to pick up the new defensive system.
“It took me a while,” Rowe admitted when asked about fitting into the new scheme after last night’s game, “but I think [head coach] Doug [Pederson] did a good job of making the practices hard.
"The practices were tough for me, but when it came to the games, I felt like, ‘This is cake. This is nothing for me.’ I think that was a good thing that Doug had going on. I do think I fit this scheme and this attack-style defense that he wants with island man coverage on the outside.”
The staff is obviously thinking otherwise as the mandatory cutdown to 53 looms.
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