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New Technique Opens Doors For Lindley

As the players came off the field at the end of practice, there was senior assistant/defensive backs coach Dick Jauron armed with his 25 years of NFL coaching experience working with 24-year-old cornerback Trevard Lindley.

Jauron had Lindley working on his cuts, more specifically the exact type of cut he wants the rookie fourth-round draft pick to make.

For as long as he's played football, Lindley had always planted his foot straight into the ground in the same direction that his body was facing before attacking the ball. That's not what Jauron wants. Lindley is learning to plant and make what is called a T-cut and it's exactly what it sounds like. Lindley now must plant his foot sideways at a 90-degree angle before making the play.

While it will take some time for the move to become natural, it was easy for Lindley to understand why it will help down the road.

"The T-cut is easier because you get out of your break quicker, and the other way you might slip a little," Lindley said. "It will help me a lot because the old way was (more natural), but it just took a little more time. With the T-cut you get out of your break a little quicker and hopefully make a couple interceptions."

That wasn't a problem for Lindley at Kentucky. Lindley was a four-year starter who netted nine career interceptions and set the school record with 34 pass breakups. After his junior season, Lindley was given a second-round grade by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. However, Lindley decided to return for his senior year. He suffered an ankle sprain and missed four games, but still led the team with nine pass breakups.

Although the injury impacted his performance, Lindley's willingness to fight through the pain impressed head coach Andy Reid.

Now, Lindley is trying to impress all of the coaches as he looks to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The Eagles have Pro Bowler Asante Samuel at the left cornerback spot and Ellis Hobbs slotted to be the starter on the right side. Joselio Hanson is battling Hobbs for his spot, but is also one the better slot corners in the game. Veterans Dimitri Patterson and Geoff Pope are also in the mix with rookie free agents Devin Ross and Josh Morris. There are also players like Macho Harris, who can play both safety and cornerback. It'll be one of the better battles at training camp, especially against the dynamic receivers that the Eagles boast.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:00 p.m., May 21

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