Nov 252010
Eagles LG Todd Herremans

Eagles LG Todd Herremans

November 25:

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Deion: I’m not dissing Samuel, just stating facts

November 25 Wilmington News Journal:

“Deion Sanders doesn’t understand why Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel ripped him Wednesday and called the former NFL cornerback “a hater.”

In an exclusive with Wing Tips, Sanders said his feelings about Samuel aren’t mutual.

“I never talk negative about him,” Sanders, an NFL Network analyst, told Wing Tips. “That’s what I don’t understand. First of all, I would have to be envious of someone to hate on them. That’s a vicious word. I’ve got too much love in my heart to hate on anyone.”

Sanders said his characterization of Samuel as one of the NFL’s best “off corners” isn’t supposed to be derogatory or backhanded.

“Off corner means there’s no one in the game that plays off the receiver better than him, no one,” Sanders explained. “He’s not a bump and run corner. He’s not that. It’s not criticizing him. He’s the best in the game playing back off a receiver, jumping a route, there’s no one better. That’s not criticizing him, that’s giving him a compliment.””

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Eagles Samuel remains questionable for this week’s game

November 25 Wilmington News Journal

“Left cornerback Asante Samuel remains day-to-day with a knee sprain that could sideline him for Sunday’s game at Chicago.

If he can’t go, he’ll be replaced by Joselio Hanson, which means three-fourths of the starting secondary – Hanson, cornerback Dimitri Patterson and safety Quintin Mikell – would be players who were once undrafted free agents.

You don’t see very many starting NFL cornerback tandems composed of guys who weren’t drafted, but defensive coordinator Sean McDermott doesn’t expect the identity of his defense to change if its top playmaker can’t go.

“It shouldn’t, and I hope it doesn’t,” McDermott said. “That’s what we do. We’re a defense that plays physical football and … we attack the offense. No matter who’s in there, it’s not going to change.”

Samuel leads the team with seven interceptions and just had two against Eli Manning in Sunday night’s 27-17 win over the Giants, but he suffered a knee sprain on the late Manning fumble that sealed the win.

Samuel’s seven picks are more than twice than the team’s second-best leaders in interceptions. Patterson and rookie safety Nate Allen have three apiece.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been a turnover machine since being traded to Chicago before last season. After leading the league with 26 in 2009, he’s thrown 10 in 10 games this season.

He’s the kind of guy Samuel the Eagles like to face – a riverboat gambler who doesn’t mind throwing it into coverage.”

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Sanders’ take, steep NFL fine have Eagles’ Samuel seeing red

November 25 Wilmington News Journal:

“Asante Samuel has already intercepted Peyton Manning twice, Eli Manning twice and Matt Ryan once.

On Wednesday, despite missing practice with a knee sprain, the Eagles‘ Pro Bowl left cornerback took aim at one of the NFL’s all-time greats, calling former cornerback Deion Sanders “a hater” who persistently rips Samuel because he doesn’t hang in Sanders’ inner circle.

“We don’t know each other,” Samuel said. “That’s why he don’t talk good about me, because I don’t text him, he don’t text me.”

Samuel also fired back at the NFL, which hit him hard in the wallet for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants wideout Derek Hagan in last Sunday’s 27-17 victory.

Waving the NFL memo, Samuel blasted the fine — he said he was docked $40,000 — and said the document referred to him as a “repeat offender” even though he said he’s never been fined before.

“They don’t pay me to tackle,” Samuel said. “Now, they’re charging me to tackle.”

Samuel was irked by being called an “off corner” by Sanders, an NFL Network analyst who played for the 49ers, Cowboys and Ravens.

He believes Sanders is criticizing his technique and doesn’t compare him favorably with the league’s other elite corners.”

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Herremans deflects dirty-player label

November 25 Wilmington News Journal:

Todd Herremans, the Eagles‘ sixth-year left guard, insisted Wednesday that he’s not a dirty player in response to comments made Tuesday by Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty, who criticized Herremans’ blocking on separate penalties called in Sunday night’s 27-17 win over the Giants.

Herremans said he was disappointed by Canty’s comments and said an opposing player has never called him out for playing dirty.

“You never really want anybody to think you’re a dirty player because I know deep down inside I’m not,” Herremans said, “but you can’t control what other people are going to say.”

Herremans was called for a 15-yard tripping penalty in the second quarter and another 15-yarder in the fourth on a chop block, both coming on blocks against Canty, a former Cowboys lineman.

On the trip, Herremans lunged at the back of Canty’s leg while quarterback Michael Vick scrambled to the left. Herremans said he was merely trying to protect his quarterback.”

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