Eagles bring back Marsh for secondary depth

Eagles bring back Marsh for secondary depth
November 5, 2013, 9:45 am
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Curtis Marsh, the Eagles' 2011 third-round pick, last played with the Bengals this year. (AP)

Curtis Marsh, a 2011 third-round pick who was waived before the start of his third season, has rejoined the Eagles.

The team re-signed Marsh, who was last with the Bengals, to fill the roster spot left void when it dealt defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga to New England last Tuesday. Marsh had worked out for the Detroit Lions last month.

Marsh gives the Eagles another body in the secondary, where they were thin. The Eagles played Sunday’s game against Oakland with just four cornerbacks: Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin and Roc Carmichael.

Fletcher sustained a pectoral injury against the Raiders and is day to day, which emphasized their need for another corner.

Marsh was with the Eagles for training camp and logged a significant number of meaningful snaps as Williams battled early injuries, but the Eagles released him at the roster cutdown deadline.

The Eagles picked Marsh with the 90th overall pick out of Utah State in 2011. Marsh had started his career at running back but moved to corner after his sophomore season.

The team liked his size (6-1, 197) and athleticism and believed Marsh would develop into an NFL-caliber starting corner, but he didn’t. Marsh played just 22 games his first two seasons, seeing almost all of his time on special teams.

Even when the Eagles struggled miserably at corner and fielded one of the NFL’s worst pass defenses in 2012, with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as the starters, the coaches weren’t interested in seeing Marsh for the long term.

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