Nolan Carroll Could be a Factor in Battle Opposite Byron Maxwell
One of the biggest Philadelphia Eagles storylines surrounding OTA's will be the cornerback competition. When training camp arrives, one of the biggest story lines will be the cornerback competition. When the season begins, the biggest questions will be if the Eagles can get better play out of the cornerback position than they did last year and make the playoffs.
The expectation is that the competition will come down to Eric Rowe and Walter Thurmond III, but head coach Chip Kelly continues to talk about Nolan Carroll as having a legitimate chance to win the competition.
"Yeah it looks like corner for Nolan," CSNPhilly Eagles insider Geoff Mosher said Thursday on the Sports Bash. "It looks like to our surprise that he's a real competitor for outside corner to start opposite Byron Maxwell based on what we watched today. It was basically Byron Maxwell and Nolan Carroll at first team outside cornerback."
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly spoke to the media on Thursday to talk about OTA's. He answered a number of questions including one about Carroll.
"Nolan Carroll has done an unbelievable job in the offseason," Kelly explained. "He's a guy that stands out in terms of what he's done in the weight room and some of those other things."
Carroll, 28, signed a two-year, $5.2 million contract last offseason and was a bit of a disappointment last year. At 6-1, 205, he has the size that Kelly yearns for from his corners, Carroll started 12 games for the Dolphins two years ago and could win the job this year if he shows considerable improvement.
(Listen to Geoff Mosher discuss Nolan Carroll and more Eagles OTA's on the Sports Bash)