Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rookie Lindley puts in extra time

Eagles rookie cornerback Trevard Lindley was putting in extra time with Sean McDermott after Monday's practice. Where is he on the depth chart at this point?

Rookie Lindley puts in extra time

Eagles CB Trevard Lindley is getting acclimated with Sean McDermott´s defense. (Gerry Broome/AP file photo)
Eagles CB Trevard Lindley is getting acclimated with Sean McDermott's defense. (Gerry Broome/AP file photo)

Practice was over, and many of the Eagles had already headed indoors at the Novacare Complex.

Others took time to meet with the media and answered reporters' questions.

Cornerback Trevard Lindley was still on the field.

The Eagles' fourth-round pick was putting in extra time with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, working on his breaks, focusing on technique for making a play on the ball after backpedaling.

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It's one of the benefits of the OTAs. Coaches being able to spend extra time and provide one-on-one instruction to young players who are new to the system.

Lindley's reps have come with the second- and third-team defenses. Yesterday, that meant lining up against the first-team offense, opposite wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

I caught up with him yesterday for a quick Q&A.

Q: How are you doing picking up the defense?

Lindley: I'm picking up the plays pretty good, just working on my breaks, and working on different techniques, just trying to go out there and play hard.

Q: What's been the most challenging part?

Lindley: They've got a lot of plays. I didn't think they had that many plays, but it's just staying in your playbook every night.

Q: How does the playbook differ from college?

Lindley: In college, there aren't that many plays. As corners, we pretty much just played man and zone. Out here, you've gotta know the different play calls of the safety and stuff like that. So you pretty much gotta know the whole defense, really.

Q: How was it going up against Maclin today?

Lindley: It feels pretty good because he's one of the star receivers, so I just wanted to go out there and work hard against him, just play him pretty hard and hopefully just get better over time.

Q: Give us a scouting report on yourself. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?

Lindley: I guess using my hands [strength]. And I guess right now, I'm just trying to get my footwork down, work on it before and after practice.

Q: Which players have been helping you the most?

Lindley: Macho Harris, and pretty much all the secondary people. Just asking them questions, and then go out there and just play.

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