September 2 Philadelphia Daily News
“MACHO HARRIS can count, and he knows that getting moved from cornerback, where he’d played all spring and summer, back to safety for the final week of the preseason probably was not a great omen for his continued employment with the Eagles.
Harris talked this week about the opportunity to “showcase my talent” in tonight’s preseason finale against the visiting New York Jets. Translated, that means the rest of the NFL will see the film, and if last year’s rookie starter at free safety is a victim when the Birds trim from 75 to 53 this weekend, he at least can enhance his chance of getting a job somewhere else.
For what it’s worth, Harris said he felt his conversion back to safety has been “smooth, very smooth – I felt like I didn’t miss a beat at all at safety.”
“Being a player, all you can do is what the coaches ask you to do,” he said. “Try to think positive, wherever they put me at, I don’t care if it’s long snapper; wherever I can help the team, I’m going to try to do it.”
Harris missed most of training camp and the first two preseason games battling a persistent hamstring problem. That pretty much killed his chances at corner, where Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Joselio Hanson, Dimitri Patterson and fourth-round rookie Trevard Lindley all seem assured of roster spots.
Safety doesn’t look much more inviting, with Quintin Mikell and smooth second-round rookie Nate Allen starting, backed up by veteran Quintin Demps, who has had a good camp, and seventh-round rookie Kurt Coleman, a late-draft find whose hard-hitting style will enhance the special teams. The Birds are unlikely to keep 10 d-backs.
Could they try to sneak Coleman onto the practice squad? Possible, but unlikely. A personnel guy from an AFC team raved about Coleman after the Birds’ preseason loss in Cincinnati. Very difficult to expose him to being claimed.
“I’ll probably be playing a whole lot” tonight, Harris guessed, “just because I missed a large portion of training camp and two games, probably be getting a lot of reps.””
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