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5 minutes with Roob: Tay Glover-Wright looks to stick with Eagles after spending year out of football

5 minutes with Roob: Tay Glover-Wright looks to stick with Eagles after spending year out of football

In today's "Five Minutes with Roob," Reuben Frank chats with Eagles cornerback Tay Glover-Wright:

Roob: Let’s talk about your childhood in Smyrna, Georgia. You went to Campbell High School in Smyrna, outside Atlanta, which is also the alma mater of actress Julia Roberts. Were you guys in school together?

Glover-Wright: I wish we were! She’s got a few years on me!

Roob: Growing up in Atlanta, you were a Braves, Falcons and Hawks fan. Who was your favorite Falcon?

Glover-Wright: Mike Vick. Also Deion Sanders.

Roob: So let’s talk about your route to the NFL. Your journey took some twists and turns.

Glover-Wright: When I first came out of high school, I was at Highland Kansas (junior college), and we weren’t that good, and the coach that brought me there, he knew that I wasn’t really feeling it at Highland and losing all the time, and he had a friend out in Eastern Arizona (junior college) who was a coach, and when we were done with our season, they sent me out there for my sophomore year of JUCO. So I was at Eastern Arizona and we played a school called Snow College, which was a junior college out of Utah, and I made a couple big plays in that game, and Utah State had a coach or a scout in the stands and saw it, and he came out to practice the next week and offered me (a scholarship). Snow College got me where I am.

Roob: The Falcons signed you out of college and you spent time with the Falcons, Packers and Colts before signing with the Eagles earlier this camp. What’s it been like being with all those different teams?

Glover-Wright: I think eventually it all starts to come together and you start making all things one thing, but the locker rooms are different, the coaches have different styles, different schemes, different mindsets. But it’s been cool. I’ve met a lot of good people along the way, learned a lot from a lot of the veterans along the way, so it’s been a cool experience for me.

Roob: And then in 2015 you actually got to play in a couple games for the Colts, mainly on special teams. What was that experience like, finally getting to play in regular-season games?

Glover-Wright: Oh man, I was ecstatic. It was great to be out there on the field with the boys that I watch on TV actually playing.

Roob: After training camp with the Colts last summer you were released and spent the year out of football. What was it like being unemployed?

Glover-Wright: I wasn’t necessarily unemployed, I just wasn’t playing football anymore. I was like, oh, lemme go look into marketing and see what this is about. So I got into it and found myself walking through neighborhoods going door-to-door selling DIRECTV and, granted, I was one of the top sellers in the office, I take pride in that, but I figured that wasn’t really for me. You meet different types of people and some people are really nasty and you just gotta stay professional … “Have a good day!” After that, I gave (head) coach (Gary) Anderson up at Oregon a call and asked if he had anything available and he let me know that it was full right now but later on when changes are made and spots open up, he’d give me a call, and when January came around he gave me that call, which I definitely appreciate, and I went out there and I was with him for spring ball and we were just about to start our camp when I got the call to come out here.

Roob: Coach Anderson had been your head coach at Utah State. Is coaching something you’d like to get into at some point?

Glover-Wright: When it’s all over and done I definitely want to coach. I love the game. This is what I’ve done all my life.

Roob: The cornerback position here is pretty unsettled. What do you think of this opportunity for you?

Glover-Wright: It’s an opportunity, and I’m trying to make the most out of the opportunity, no matter where I am. Trying to get myself out there, put good film out there.

Roob: How excited are you to go back to Green Bay, where you spent 2015 on the practice squad, for the Eagles' preseason opener?

Glover-Wright: It’s going to be a great experience. I’ve had butterflies just thinking about it getting ready to go to bed. I always envision it. It’s going to be cool. A little weird but cool. I loved being in Lambeau when I was out there.

Dimitri Patterson injures 2 police officers trying to flee court room

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Dimitri Patterson injures 2 police officers trying to flee court room

Former Eagles cornerback Dimitri Patterson injured two police officers while trying to flee during a family court hearing on Tuesday, according to police, via The Miami Herald.

Patterson, 34, appeared in Lawson E. Thomas Court Center when he was ordered by the judge to be taken into custody. At that time, he tried to run out of the door and tackled a female officer who fell and hit her head, while another officer suffered a wrist injury before Patterson was taken into custody.

The female officer was taken to the hospital but later released.

This isn’t Patterson’s first brush with the law. ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported in 2015 that the Miami native was charged with felony child abuse.

Per police reports obtained from the incident, Patterson met his ex-girlfriend at Aventura Mall on Aug. 1, 2015, for a custody exchange of their 1-year-old child when an argument ensued over child support payments.

“While placing the boy in the back seat of the car, Medina told Patterson to calm down, warning him that she wouldn't allow him to take the child,” Cimini reported.

“Patterson ‘grabbed her around her neck and threw her to the ground,’ according to the incident report. ‘While this occurred, [Medina] was holding [the boy]. This action caused [him] to fall also and hit his head.’”

Court records show Patterson was eventually acquitted for culpable negligence and battery.

Patterson spent time with the Redskins, Chiefs, Eagles, Browns, Dolphins and Jets during his eight-year career. With the Eagles in 2009 and 2010, he appeared in 27 games (nine starts) with 50 tackles, four interceptions and one sack.

Patterson was last with the Jets in 2014 but suspended indefinitely by the team after leaving without contacting the organization. He was released a short time later and retired.

NFL Notes: NFLPA officially appeals Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension

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NFL Notes: NFLPA officially appeals Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension

NEW YORK -- The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over the league's conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.

The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott "to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement."

The NFL suspended Elliott last week after a yearlong investigation into an Ohio domestic violence case that prosecutors declined to pursue. Elliott's attorneys blasted Commission Roger Goodell's ruling, saying the league "cherry-picked" evidence to reach its conclusion.

A hearing with Goodell or an arbitrator will be scheduled within 10 days with a decision "as soon as practicable" after the appeal is heard, according to the labor agreement.

The Cowboys open the regular season Sept. 10 at home against the New York Giants.

Panthers: Davis signs 1-year contract extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thomas Davis won't have to worry about ever playing for another NFL team.

The Panthers have signed the 34-year-old veteran outside linebacker Thomas Davis to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season. The deal is worth $6.76 million and includes $3 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't release financial terms of contracts.

"I'm extremely excited. Everybody knows how I feel about being a Carolina Panther," Davis said in a team release Tuesday. "This extension solidifies me being here for the rest of my career, and I'm excited about that. Now I'm totally focused on winning a Super Bowl."

Davis' contract was set to expire after this season. Some blamed general manager Dave Gettleman's handling of extensions for Davis and tight end Greg Olsen as the reason he was fired earlier this offseason and replaced by interim general manager Marty Hurney. Olsen has two years left on his current contract but is seeking an extension, too (see full story).

Raiders: Lynch says teammates ‘proud’ of protest
NAPA, Calif. -- Marshawn Lynch isn't shedding anymore light on his decision to sit during the national anthem before the Oakland Raiders' first exhibition game.

Lynch declined to comment on why he chose to sit down Saturday night while the rest of his teammates stood during the anthem before a game in Arizona against the Cardinals.

That left his teammates to answer for him on Tuesday after the team returned for its first practice since that game.

"I'm proud of him," tight end Jared Cook said. "I think it's awesome. Everybody has points of discussion after what happened in Charlottesville just the night before. I think it's important for men in our position to step up and speak on unnecessary situations we find ourselves in as minorities in this country. That's why I'm proud of him" (see full story).

Jets: Whitehead out indefinitely with broken foot
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets wide receiver Lucky Whitehead has a broken foot and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday that Whitehead was injured during practice Monday and it's uncertain whether he will need surgery. Bowles did not know if Whitehead will be out for the year, saying only that it'll be at least "a little while."

Whitehead, who was on crutches during the team's indoor practice, appeared to be the top contender to serve as the Jets' primary punt and kickoff returner.

The injury is the latest in a string of bad news for Whitehead, who has had a strange summer. He was waived by Dallas last month following a shoplifting incident that turned out to be a case of false identity. New York claimed Whitehead off waivers on July 26.