Like every other player on the Eagles roster,
In two seasons during which he was stuck on the depth chart behind the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel, Marsh played a mere 75 combined snaps on defense. But with the roster churned and a new stable of cornerbacks on the team, Marsh has a chance to prove himself.
"I love it," Marsh said. "That's one of my favorite things to do is to compete.
"I want us to have the best players in the NFL but at the same time I want to compete and I want to be one of the best out there with the starters."
On Monday, Marsh took the reps at right cornerback with the first-team defense. Newly married projected starter
Fletcher and Williams are the free agent imports at the position while Marsh competes alongside holdovers
That means, for Marsh, the time is now.
"It's all I want," Marsh said. "It's all I think about. When I'm at home, I'm watching film. This whole offseason I spent most of the time here, training here. I changed my diet. Everything, every little thing that I could do to get better and prove to these coaches that I'm the best and to do get out there in the NFL to show that I can be one of the best. So I'm just trying to work hard and get the best out of myself and help the team win football games."
Marsh also believes that the new defense under defensive coordinator Billy Davis fits his skillset well, though the Eagles are limited in what they can do physically before Training Camp.
"It's great," he said. "I feel like we get to do a little bit of everything. We get to press a lot. Coach Davis loves being able to re-route receivers and I feel like with my size and my arm length and just my experience press-wise, I can't wait to get into Training Camp and preseason and show what I can do as far as that. But at the same time, you have the option to play off and it's real simple once you get the hang of it and you have the calls, you can just get out there and execute. Once you know what you're doing, you just get out there and execute. We get so many reps it's becoming habit and I just love it."
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