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Schwartz: “De’Vante Bausby could have jumped in and played for us last season”

29 May 2018 Eagles News

On Tuesday defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz, mentioned that cornerback De’ Vante Bausby could have played a role for the Eagles defense last year. The practice squad player impressed Schwartz last year and he’s excited about him coming into this season.

De’Vante Bausby, was on the Chiefs practice squad before getting signed by the Eagles right before the Eagles played the Chiefs in Week 2 last season. Coming out of college, the Pittsburgh State product did impress at his pro day, running a 40 at 4.42 seconds with a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and 11-foot broad jump. Bausby recorded a 4.32 20-yard short shuttle, with an unimpressive 7.2 in the three-cone drill, but threw up 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Bausby also spent time with the Chiefs in the offseason in 2015, but never saw the field in a regular-season game for Kansas City. However, the 25-year-old has played in four NFL games, as he saw action while he was with the Chicago Bears in 2016.

Bausby has great size and length at the cornerback position that the Eagles like when playing in a press-man, as he played press-man 70 percent of the time.

“A lot of people say that’s my strength,” he told KansasCity.com, who played on the boundary (or short side of the field) as a senior, where teams typically stick their best corners. “When the ball’s in front of me, they say I’m better at that. But I feel like I’m better at my press technique.”

Jim Schwartz noted that he liked Bausby’s “versatility” and “competitiveness” and has used the practice squad player at nickel as of late.

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