Cornerback Joselio Hanson will not play Thursday night when the Eagles end the preseason against the New York Jets.
There is no reason for the veteran to play. The Eagles know what they have out of the eighth-year cornerback. The question is whether he has done enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Hanson has been the team's top nickel cornerback throughout Training Camp and the preseason, despite strong competition from rookie fourth-round pick Brandon Boykin.
"I go out there and play and let the chips fall where they may," Hanson said. "I felt like I had a good camp and during the OTAs and mini-camp, I just wanted to come in and be a professional. Come in and execute the way the coaches want me to execute. If you do that and they do release you, you can't be mad at yourself."
Last season, Hanson was in a similar situation. Hanson did not play in the preseason finale, but was a surprise cut during the unveiling of the 53-man roster. Hanson re-signed with the team four days later. The Eagles wanted to get Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the field and utilized him as the nickel cornerback in 2011. Hanson got the chance to play in the nickel again due to injury.
Despite what happened last season, Hanson is not concerned about what could happen on Friday when the team has to make its final roster cuts.
"I don't feel like I'm slowing down at all," Hanson said. "I feel like I'm still fast out there, still quick. If anything, my mental game is getting better and better every time I step on the field."
When asked if he's been told where he fits in with the team, Hanson responded that "right now" he's "still starting nickel."
There is no secret when it comes to what Hanson brings to the table. He has stated his case to be a part of this 2012 Philadelphia Eagles squad. While there is one preseason game remaining, the only thing Hanson can do now is wait.
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