Carroll's First Team Reps Increase

With the secondary coming off a rough performance against the Redskins, one of Philadelphia's free agent acquisitions is seeing a rise in his practice usage.

Cary Williams may have apologized for speaking negatively about Chip Kelly's strenuous training regimen, but that's not an issue that will lie quietly. When players like Brent Celek and Connor Barwin are praising the system, it doesn't bode well for Williams long-term. The corner is due to make $6.5M in 2015; if he's griping his way through a program that is apparently allowing the Eagles to play with precision and control in fourth quarters, he's not long for the team.

Even putting aside Williams' tirade, he and Bradley Fletcher are coming off an awful performance against the Redskins. Williams was toasted deep on several plays (notably DeSean Jackson's touchdown), and Fletcher gave too much cushion at the line, making him an easy target through the first three quarters. Combined, the outside corners allowed 16 catches for over 200 yards.

It's the performance more than the verbiage that is giving Nolan Carroll the opportunity to see more first-team reps in practice this week.

Carroll, a fifth-year corner who broke out with the Dolphins last season (47 tackles, three picks, two sacks), was an unheralded signing this past March by the Eagles. However, Carroll's aggressive press style could provide vigor to the secondary.

"Every week you work towards that goal, you try to show throughout the week and on Sundays that you can increase your role and hopefully that's what I've been doing," Carroll told

Williams and Fletcher are almost a lock to start Sunday at Levi's Stadium, but with the increased reps comes the chance for Carroll to work his way into the game a bit more often.

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