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DRC talks adjustment to new position, Philly

The makeup of the Eagles' secondary will be a hot topic over the next few weeks, with the possibility of an Asante Samuel trade and the seemingly clear need for a safety in the draft.

DRC talks adjustment to new position, Philly

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie struggled to adjust to playing in the slot in his first season with the Eagles. (Sarah J. Glover/Staff Photographer)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie struggled to adjust to playing in the slot in his first season with the Eagles. (Sarah J. Glover/Staff Photographer)

The makeup of the Eagles' secondary will be a hot topic over the next few weeks, with the possibility of an Asante Samuel trade and the seemingly clear need for a safety in the draft.

A Samuel trade could mean that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could shift back to the outside in his second year with the Birds, after playing in the slot last year.

“All of that is up to someone else,” Rodgers-Cromartie said during a visit to his alma mater, Tennessee State. “I couldn’t tell you what might happen next year to be honest, but I am preparing for anything.”

Rodgers-Cromartie, the school's first player drafted in the first round since 1974 when he was selected 16th overall by Arizona in 2008, is a regular on campus during the offseason. His visit last weekend was for the second annual Celebrity Basketball Slam Jam, which benefits Tigers athletics and the DRC Foundation. Eagles teamjates DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin played in the game.

While he focused on the importance of giving back to the school, he also was asked about playing in Philadelphia and what was a new role for him last season.

On Philadelphia: "The city is cool. Everybody showed me love coming in, and I haven’t had any bad experiences. So that’s a plus. I came in and got to know the city well and at the end of the day, football is football.”

On moving to the inside: "It was an adjustment at first. I was kind of like, ‘Wow’ at the beginning because it is so different. I’d never played in the slot, but it just so happened that we had two cornerbacks who were proven and played in the league awhile, so I fell into the slot position. But I never argued it and just did what I was supposed to do. … I adjusted pretty well.”

On Tennssee State: "TSU, they’re the ones who gave me a home, gave me a chance, when no one else would. It’s always nice to come back, and give back.”

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