Eagle Profile: Roderick Hood

The Eagles saw some good things from Roderick Hood, but so did other teams. With Hood's status as a restricted free agent, it's possible that the price tag will get a little high for the Eagles.

Roderick Hood did a little bit of everything. Perhaps the most impressive thing he did was working as the Eagles' starting RCB after Lito Sheppard went down with an injury. The Eagles discovered that Hood could likely play the position on an everyday basis, which is an intriguing possibility.

Prior to taking over for Sheppard, Hood played CB in the nickel package and did a nice job in that duty as well. On the season, Hood set career highs with 41 tackles and 3 interceptions.

Hood's main role for much of the season was returning kickoffs. He and Bruce Perry gave the Eagles formidable kick returners, with the pair combining for an average of 24 yards per return; Hood accounted for 900 yards on 38 returns, an average of 23.7 yards per return.

Not only did Hood set career highs in tackles and interceptions, but set a personal game-high with six kick returns and 149 yards in returns against Denver. In the season opener, Hood recorded six solo tackles and another three special teams tackles to lead the team. Perhaps his play of the year came against Green Bay when he picked off a Brett Favre pass with :38 left in the game and sealed a win for the Eagles.

The Eagles are likely to do all they can to match any offers that Hood will receive and it's likely that he'll be back in 2006. The tougher part may be keeping him after that if he continues to progress the way he has early in his career.


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