LET'S START with a couple of numbers. The first is 149. The second is 864. The first is the number of picks after the Cowboys gobbled up running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth selection in the draft last spring that the Eagles claimed Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round.
THREE MONTHS ago, Aaron Grymes realized his dream and also had it crushed in the very same instant. The 5-11, 185-pound free-agent cornerback was having a terrific training camp and preseason for the Eagles. The former Canadian Football League All-Star looked like a good bet to make the team's season-opening roster, or at the very least, get signed to their practice squad.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - I know, I know. To suggest that, with the exception of those four touchdown passes they gave up to the Giants, the Eagles' defense played pretty well Sunday, probably sounds an awful lot like the old line, "Other than that, how'd you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln?"
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DARREN SPROLES is 33, which is about 105 in running back years. His football career should be in his rearview mirror by now. He should be spending this weekend back home in San Diego with his feet up and a beer in his hand, watching the Eagles play the Giants on TV.
Paul Domowitch is a pro football columnist with the Daily News, where he has worked since 1982. He has covered nearly 30 Super Bowls and has been a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the last 15 years.