Eagles CB Asante Samuel tied for the league lead with nine interceptions last season and was selected to the Pro Bowl. Apparently that was not enough for coach Andy Reid, who wants the cornerback to get stronger.
Reid told the Daily News of Philadelphia that Samuel is hitting the weights to become a better tackler for the upcoming season.
Samuel has 13 interceptions in his two seasons with the Eagles, but the team’s scheme needs players who can defend the run. A further pressing need after the team traded CB Sheldon Brown — who was considered solid in run-support — to the Browns on Thursday.
“I think Asante knows he needs to have a better year than what he had, even though he was a Pro Bowler,” Reid told the Daily News. “As good a player as he is, he can be even better. And I think that’s the way he’s handling the offseason.”