Eagles Trade FB Scott To Cards For Rookie CB Calvin
By Lance Epstein
The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday that they have traded rookie fullback and sixth-round pick Charles Scott to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Jorrick Calvin.
Calvin (5-11, 184) is also a sixth-round rookie, who coincidentally was the very next pick (201st overall) after Scott in the 2010 NFL Draft. In only one season at Troy University (transferred from Eastern Central Community College after two season), he started 12 of 13 games at cornerback. In those 12 starts, he registered 76 tackles, nine pass breakups, two interceptions and fumble recoveries.
Besides being a starting cornerback, Calvin was one of the best return-men in the Sun Belt Conference. As a kickoff returner, he led the conference with an average of 25.7 yards per return (27 returns). Additionally, he returned one kick to the house for a 95-yard touchdown.
Not only did Calvin return kickoffs, but he also was a punt returner and special teams ace as well. Calvin returned only 15 punts in college, but managed to average 9.9 yards per punt. On the special teams field unit, he blocked a field goal and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
If Calvin did not have academic issues at Troy, he could have been a third-round pick based off talent. However, his eligibility issues led to his character being questioned by scouts and thus he fell to the sixth-round.
As for the Scott, the player who the Eagles are trading away, it became more and more apparent that he was not going to make the roster with Pro Bowl FB Leonard Weaver ahead of him on the depth chart. Moreover, the Eagles do not have the roster space for two fullbacks, especially with the amount of good young talent battling at other key positions.
Furthermore, he was not quick enough to be a NFL caliber running back and RBs Eldra Buckley and Martell Mallett have become the two clear favorites to win the No. 3 running back job. With the Cardinals, Scott will have an excellent chance to make the roster as their starting fullback.
Ultimately, what does this trade mean for the Eagles? Well, it has numerous implications on the final 53-man roster. It almost assures that WR/KR/PR Chad Hall will not be making the club. Since the first preseason game, Hall has seen his production and the plays called his way drop. More importantly, Calvin is a better return man and can be groomed to help the Eagles on defense in the future. Unfortunately for Hall, the wide receiver position is loaded for the Eagles.
Another way Calvin's arrival affects the Eagles roster is by safety Quintin Demps and CB Joselio Hanson being put squarely on the bubble. While Demps has had an OK camp and preseason, he has done nothing to stand out.
One of the reasons the Eagles drafted him was due to his great return skills. Since his rookie season, Demps has been stripped of those duties (mainly due to injuries last year). At safety, Demps went from a starter to Andy Reid's doghouse. He is an adequate backup, but nothing special. Nevertheless, Macho Harris been moved back to safety recently (in practice) and Harris' ability to play both safety and corner makes Demps expendable.
As for Hanson, he has been one of the biggest disappointments in camp and the preseason so far. After starting the 2009 season with a bang, Hanson was suspended four games. Since then that time, he has not been the same player. He is constantly out of position as he gets beat deep and his confidence is at an all-time low. Additionally, rookie CB Trevard Lindley has caught the eye of the Eagles coaching staff. Last week, he played with the ones and looked impressive pulling in an interception. Also, CB Dimitri Patterson has been one of the most improved players at camp this year and it has showed up on the field during the preseason games. Amazingly, both players might have jumped Hanson on the depth chart.
Another reason Hanson could be on the way out is due to Hanson making a lot of money (some say starter's money). With an uncapped year in 2010, the Eagles could release him and it would not affect their cap since there is none. This makes it more interesting to see if the Eagles decide to release Hanson now as compared to later when there could be a salary cap in place.
Nonetheless, the acquisition of Calvin allows WR DeSean Jackson to focus squarely on the receiver position. Meanwhile, the Eagles still have a very dangerous return game even thought Jackson won’t be returning punts. Plus this helps keep Jackson fresh as well. While this trade will not appear on the front page of ESPN.com, it could pay off huge dividends for the Eagles in the long run.