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Eagles trade for Patriots CB Ellis Hobbs

Newest Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs
Newest Eagles CB Ellis Hobbs

You were wondering what the Eagles would do with all those 5th round picks? We've got one answer... The Eagles have sent the first and fifth picks in the fifth round to New England for veteran cornerback Ellis Hobbs. Excuse me... Eliis Hobbs III.

Hobbs is a 5th year man drafted in the 3rd round in 2005. He's started 33 games over that span and is also kick returner. From his bio.

In three NFL seasons, Hobbs has started 33 of 47 regular season games while totaling 151 tackles (125 solo), six interceptions for 87 yards, 30 passes defensed, one forced fumble, four fumble recoveries and eight special teams tackles. He has also returned 60 kickoffs (two for touchdowns) for an average of 27.2 yards. In addition, he has recorded two playoff interceptions for a total of eight career picks.

Here's a useful synopsis of his 2008 season

Led the AFC and finished second in the NFL in kickoff return average as he racked up 1,281 return yards, a single-season career high in 2008 ... Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 15 after recording his third career kickoff return for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders ... Totaled 237 kickoff return yards on six returns, including an 81-yard return, to set a Patriots record for most kickoff return yards in a single game versus Miami on Sept. 21 ... Tied the Patriots franchise record with his third kickoff return for a touchdown with a 95-yard return during the second quarter of the Patriots' 49-26 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 14.

Interesting trade. Hobbs should provide some needed depth at corner and at only 26 years old he should be entering the prime of his career.

Anyone else thinks this is a message to Sheldon Brown?