One of the positions of interest entering training camp was who would line up opposite Asante Samuel at right cornerback.
If you talked to Ellis Hobbs, the leader entering camp, you would know that he was on a mission to prove the critics and the skeptics that he could get the job done. After ending last season on injured reserve with a neck injury, Hobbs felt that he could never get into a rhythm in his first year with the Eagles in 2009. He believed that he hadn't shown what he was truly capable of.
Well, as the third preseason game ended Friday night with a 20-17 win for the Eagles one thing was certain - Hobbs is the man at right cornerback.
"I feel like I've put together a great camp, a great preseason and I look forward to taking it into the regular season," Hobbs said after the game.
A feisty, physical cornerback, Hobbs was relentless at the line of scrimmage. If a pass was caught in his direction, the receiver was taken down quickly. Hobbs even showed just how comfortable he is in the defense as he jumped routes fully knowing there was help if he guessed wrong.
The Eagles defense as a whole played with the same spirit and intensity that Hobbs did in the preseason. Two turnovers were forced on Friday night and one of them was quickly cashed in by the offense as LeSean McCoy scored on an 18-yard run in the first quarter. It's a mindset that defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has stressed this entire offseason.
"The mentality of us being around the ball is causing problems for offenses," Hobbs said. "Hopefully, it translates into the regular season."
And Hobbs will have a chance to be a part of it.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:00 p.m., August 28