CB Calvin Already Acclimated, Just Needs Reps
By Lance Epstein
The preseason is not usually the time of year that general managers work out trades with each other. Although yesterday in a NFL rarity, Eagles’ GM Howie Roseman swung a deal with the Arizona Cardinals that brought rookie cornerback and returner Jorrick Calvin to the Eagles.
Calvin (5-11, 185) was a sixth-round pick (201st) by the Cardinals and was the next selection after the player he was traded for in FB Charles Scott. Without a doubt Calvin is excited to be in Philadelphia, but is still shocked by the whole situation.
"Pretty surprised, pretty surprised, but I'm happy. I'm happy where I'm at," Calvin said.
One reason that Calvin finds himself being happy in Philly is because he is already very familiar with the scheme that the defensive coordinator Sean McDermott employs. Additionally, the coaching staff has been working with him all day (on Tuesday) to get him even better acclimated into the system.
"Coach (Dick Jauron) has been working with me today, just learning the plays and learning the different positions,” he said. “Not positions, but just the different defenses.
“The defense is pretty similar to what we ran in college, so I'm kind of acclimated to what we're running already. Just more reps at it and I'll be better off at it."
While Calvin has been in Eagles’ organization for exactly one day, he is still expected to play at a high level on Thursday night (against the New York Jets). Additionally, he will be in a dogfight for one of the final roster spots.
Of course, Calvin understands the hole he is currently in, which is in being behind the rest of the defense by missing the team’s offseason OTAs, training camp and nearly the entire preseason. On the other hand, he also knows he can’t worry about what he cannot control and is aware that he must make some plays that catches the coaching staff’s eyes.
"Yeah, just play ball. Just go out and play ball no matter what. The calls that I do know, just play them to the best of my ability and I'm just hoping to make some plays."
A way that Calvin could potentially make his mark on this squad is by excelling on kickoff and punt returns. He anticipates showcasing his punt and kickoff return skills against the Jets in the preseason finale.
"Yeah, I'm pretty excited about that because that's one of my main things,” Calvin said. “I love to return. You play defense, you can't touch the ball too much, so I just want to go back to those high school days and just get your hands on the ball and move around with it."
If Calvin can manage to break off a big return or even find his way into the end zone, then he will certainly get his hands on the ball more since he will probably make the 53-man roster.