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News » Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-08-11


Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-08-11


Philadelphia Eagles Notes, Quotes 2008-08-11
--Cornerback Lito Sheppard didn't care much for some seemingly innocuous comments made earlier in the week by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Asked about Sheppard, who is seeking either a new contract or a trade to a team willing to give him one, Lurie said: "I hope he shows us, and the league, that he's back to the old Lito, feels healthy. That he's got great playmaking ability and certainly a lower YPA (yards per pass attempt against him) and just really performs the way that we know Lito can. I think that's what he's going to do." Said Sheppard: "I guess he's got to find something bad against me, huh? I'm not hiding. I know what I can do. Everybody knows what I can do. If you've got to dig that deep to bring up something to say I can't do good ... if you want to get down to how many inches I give up a play, so be it. Guess what? I can play this game and I can play it well." FYI: Sheppard finished 62nd in the league among cornerbacks last season in yards per attempt against (8.1).


--The Eagles released their first official depth chart prior to their preseason game against the Steelers. Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown were listed as "co-starters" at right cornerback. Sheppard had been the team's starting left cornerback the last four years, but was replaced by Asante Samuel, who signed with the team in March. While defensive coordinator Jim Johnson has said he's going to use all three corners on the field about "50 to 60 percent of the time," somebody's got to be the starter. That hasn't been a problem yet, since Samuel has been out since the first day of training camp when he injured his hamstring. But he's expected back this week. Said Sheppard of the "co-starter" thing: "I didn't know you could start 12 people. Maybe Week 2 of the preseason we'll see what the real lineup will be."

--Wide receiver Hank Baskett is wearing red-tinted contacts. "It's like wearing a visor, except a visor gets wet and fogged up and everything," Baskett said. "It's a little bit of a red tinge. It's just like wearing sunglasses." Baskett said he only uses the red contacts in natural sunlight.

--Eagles president Joe Banner said RB Brian Westbrook's restructured contract would not significantly affect the team's salary cap this season. "The deal is fairly cap neutral to this particular year," he said. "I think it increased it a little bit, but nothing that would change anything we were thinking or any flexibility we would want to have. It changes the cap numbers, obviously, over the next three, four or five years. It is moderately more next year and significantly more in year 3."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This isn't about rebuilding, retooling or anything. This is (about) going for it. That's our approach. It's pedal to the metal. That's what every move is based on, with an eye toward the present and an eye toward the future. But we're going for it."



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Added: August 11, 2008

J.R. Reed Name: J.R. Reed
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