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Dr. Z
Paul Zimmerman
September 23, 1996
If you want to see the best young corners in the NFL, keep an Eagle eye on Philadelphia
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September 23, 1996

Dr. Z

If you want to see the best young corners in the NFL, keep an Eagle eye on Philadelphia

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Taylor may be just a pup, but he's learning some new tricks from his more experienced corner mate. "You have to understand what a luxury it is, working with a guy like Troy every day," said Taylor in the locker room after Sunday's game. "We watched film together. He's taught me little things, like hand placement on a receiver, how to press a guy."

Are you two the best pair in the game? "Well, I don't think anyone works harder," said Taylor.

"I'd like to think that we're getting to be the best," Vincent said.

"Taylor did a good job on me today," Moore said, "and I think he'll keep getting better and better. I'd like to see [if he can] cover crossing patterns on a shorter, speedier receiver. But, of course, they've got Troy for that."

Lions coach Wayne Fontes must have been casting envious eyes at those Philly corners—and at the rest of the Eagles' defense, for that matter. Eagles quarterback Rodney Peete had a career day against Detroit, completing 25 of 30 passes for 284 yards, and so did young Lions receiver Chris T Jones (nine catches for 121 yards). Tailback Ricky Watters had his best game as an Eagle (27 carries for 153 yards). Philly's West Coast offense can be highly effective against a front four that can't exert pressure and a secondary with no speed, and that pretty much describes the Lions' defense.

There were a lot of heroes for the Eagles, but those corners—they were something special.

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