New Eagles cornerback Tay Glover-Wright spent last training camp and preseason with the Indianapolis Colts, but he was cut after the preseason and lasted just a week on the team's practice squad.
So he went home and was forced into life after football.
"I found work back home in Atlanta, Georgia," Glover-Wright said on Wednesday, after his second practice with the Eagles. "I was doing some direct marketing. All I did was play football my whole life, so I didn't really know what direct marketing was. I was like, 'Marketing sounds attractive, so let me go try it out.' Next thing I know I'm knocking on random people's doors trying to sell stuff."
Glover-Wright didn't last long in the world of direct marketing. After about a month and a half selling subscriptions to AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV, he decided to move on.
He called Oregon State head coach Gary Anderson looking for work. Anderson was previously the head coach at Utah State when Glover-Wright went there. That first phone call came around Thanksgiving, but it wasn't until around January that Anderson found some work for his former player.
Eventually, Glover-Wright accepted a graduate assistant position, but he was still hoping to get a chance to play again. He worked out for the Eagles last December, but nothing ever came of it.
Just last week, the 25-year-old worked out for a different team and when he got back to Oregon State, the coaching staff told him it was about time for him to choose whether he wanted to play football or help coach it.
When the Eagles called the other day, Glover-Wright was about to board a bus to Bend, Oregon for Beavers training camp.
"Well, I made my decision," he said. "It's exciting for me. It's truly a blessing."
The Eagles signed Glover-Wright on Monday and he was already practicing by Tuesday. He might not have a great shot at making the roster, but with how much inexperience the Eagles have at corner, who knows?
At least he's not regretting his decision to give the NFL one more chance.
"This is my dream," he said. "I'm living my dream. And I know the window closes. So as long as I can, I'm going to do this. This is what I love to do."
The next step
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is quietly putting together a very solid training camp this summer.
That's to be expected, though. Cox is one of the team's best players and one of the best defensive linemen in football.
So what's the next step in his evolution as a player?
"There are some ways that you can take out defensive linemen when it comes to pass-rush," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. "We've worked hard to try to be able to handle that and keep — let me put it this way: When offensive line coaches game plan against us, I don't want to speak for them, but I'm sure they start with No. 91 and say, ‘OK, how do we keep this guy from wrecking the game?’
"The next step to being a great player, and Fletch is, is being able to meet that and be able to still get a hit when they're pitching around you."
The Eagles on Wednesday afternoon waived/injured undrafted cornerback Randall Goforth from UCLA. Goforth tore his ACL at practice last Friday.
With the move, the Eagles roster is at 89, one shy of the 90-man limit.