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Cre'Von LeBlanc, De'Vante Bausby, Deiondre' Hall explain stories behind their unusual names

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Cre'Von LeBlanc, De'Vante Bausby, Deiondre' Hall explain stories behind their unusual names

The White Fox, 90s R&B group Jodeci and a mission trip to Peru are all linked by one little mark of punctuation.

De’Vante Bausby, Deiondre’ Hall and Cre’Von LeBlanc have a few things in common. They’re all defensive backs who weren’t on the initial 53-man roster, they were all teammates in Chicago before they came to Philadelphia and they’re the only three players in the Eagles’ locker room with apostrophes in their first names.

“It just adds a little flavor to your name,” Hall said with a smile.

In this hard-hitting investigative piece, we talked to all three defensive backs about their unusual names and uncovered some gems:

Cre’Von LeBlanc
LeBlanc has been with the Eagles since Nov. 5, when he was claimed off waivers. He didn’t actually give too much thought to his name until recently.

LeBlanc, 24, said his pastor sent him a video of him preaching last Sunday. The pastor was asking members of the congregation if they knew what their names meant. LeBlanc didn’t, so he looked it up.

“The story behind my name,” LeBlanc said. “Well, the meaning of ‘Cre’Von’ actually means fox. And my last name is LeBlanc, so that means white. … The White Fox.”

A simple Google search shows the name Crevon is derived from the Irish Crevan, which means Fox. So there’s some pieced together truth to what LeBlanc said.

As far as why he was named Cre’Von, LeBlanc said his dad is Craig LeBlanc Sr. and his brother is Craig LeBlanc Jr., and his mother wanted to keep the initials the same.

As for the apostrophe? That’s just a little tool to help folks know how to pronounce it.

De’Vante Bausby
“So there’s this group back in the 90s, real big, called Jodeci,” Bausby said. “You got K-Ci, JoJo and DeVante. It was a guy named DeVante in the group. My mom liked the name and she kind of rode with it. That’s not his real name, that’s his stage name. He kind of made that name up. Any DeVante you know is 26 or younger. You won’t find any DeVantes older than that. I think that’s factual. You can look that up.”

OK, so I looked that up, at least in the football world, by doing a search for the name “DeVante” on Pro-Football-Reference. It turned up six names, all were 25 or younger. Maybe you’re right, De’Vante.

De’Vante Harris (25), CB, Tampa Bay
Devante Bond (25), DE, Tampa Bay
Devante Downs (23), LB, Vikings
Devante Mays (24), RB, Packers
DeVante Parker (25), WR, Dolphins
DeVante Wilson (25), DE

But on that list only De’Vante Harris from the Bucs has the apostrophe. Bausby thought his mother copied the name exactly, but Donald Earl DeGrate (AKA DeVante Swing), didn’t use an apostrophe.

Deiondre’ Hall
Hall’s apostrophe is the most unique because it’s just kind of hanging out there on the end of his first name. He explained that his godmother named him, but his grandmother always tried to call him “Dee-ahn-druh” and the apostrophe is supposed to accent the “aye” at the end of his name.

Hall wasn’t so particular about using the apostrophe until just before his senior year of high school when he made a mission trip to Lima, Peru. (He has also made a mission trip to Jamaica since then.) In order for everything to be passport-official, the apostrophe needed to be there.

“Literally ever since then, going into my senior year of high school,” Hall said, “I’ve had that on the end.”

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Cre'Von LeBlanc, Eagles' young CBs hold own in season-saving win

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Just 20 days after the Eagles claimed him off waivers, cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc lined up on 3rd-and-4 from the Eagles’ 11-yard line in the fourth quarter of a three-point game Sunday and looked across the line of scrimmage to see Odell Beckham Jr. staring back at him.

OBJ vs. Cre’Von LeBlanc. On an island. Game and season on the line. 

“I think everybody in the stadium knew where that ball was going,” Malcolm Jenkins said. 

Everyone in the stadium was right. 

But it didn’t go the way everyone probably would have expected. Beckham ran a post and LeBlanc — perhaps with a hold or two that went uncalled — was able to force a huge incompletion to keep the Giants out of the end zone. A field goal tied the game, but the Eagles won it 25-22 on the next possession. 

What went through LeBlanc’s head when he lined up on Beckham for that play? 

For me, it’s a dream come true. That’s the highest paid receiver in the league. That’s Odell. Everybody knows what type of receiver he is. He’s definitely phenomenal and crafty at what he does; hats off to him. For me, just trust my technique. I know what type of player I am. I fear no one. I fear no man. At the end of the day, he put his pants on, I put my pants on and we gonna play ball.

LeBlanc, 24, was just one of three newcomers in the secondary the Eagles featured Sunday out of necessity. Without Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox and with Rasul Douglas still hampered by injury, the Eagles relied on a trio of cornerbacks who have been with the team one month or less. 

Chandon Sullivan, who joined the team on Oct. 25, and De’Vante Bausby, who was promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 17, both started outside. LeBlanc began the game as the nickel cornerback. 

The trio didn’t play a perfect game. There were mistakes made and plays given up. 

But Eli Manning didn’t roast this secondary. OBJ and Sterling Shepard didn’t run free. This group of young and relatively inexperienced cornerbacks sort of held its own. 

“They hung tough. They battled,” Doug Pederson said. “Nothing is easy. Nothing is pretty. You just have to fight and scratch and get the job done. They did that today. Proud of those guys.”

By the end of the day, Manning threw for 297 yards and Beckham caught five passes for 85 yards, but the Eagles will take that. If you’re wondering why the Giants didn’t make more of a concerted effort to target the Eagles’ young cornerbacks, you’re not the only one. 

Jenkins said the Eagles didn’t really roll their coverages much to help Sullivan, Bausby or LeBlanc, which jibes with what Bausby said about the coaching staff. Throughout the whole week, he said, the coaching staff treated them like they were Mills and Darby — the normal starters — getting ready to play. 

“They didn’t change anything,” Bausby said. “They believe and that’s definitely been beneficial for us. You have to go out there and do what you have to do.”

Even though the Eagles made it out of Sunday with a win, their situation at corner didn’t magically get better. In fact, Sullivan got hurt during the game, something that brought a smile of disbelief from Jenkins when he brought it up at his locker. 

But if the Eagles need to roll with these young guys for a while, at least they got some decent experience Sunday. 

“They’ll continue to get better next week,” Jenkins said. “It’s a race to get them just 1 percent better than they were this weekend.”

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Drew Brees torches trio of Eagles who weren’t on roster a month ago

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees against Chandon Sullivan, De’Vante Bausby and Cre’Von LeBlanc went about as well as you’d expect. 

The future Hall of Famer, in the middle of his best professional season, torched a bunch of cornerbacks who weren’t even on the Eagles’ roster a month ago. 

“It’s tough,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “You put it together, we piece it together, we brought guys up off the practice squad this week to elevate their play and get them in the game. It’s hard when you’re going against a Hall of Fame player in Drew and the weapons they have on offense, it’s a difficult task, but again, we’re not going to hang our heads and we’re going to keep fighting.” 

Already down Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, the Eagles lost Rasul Douglas (knee), Avonte Maddox (knee) and Sidney Jones (hamstring) throughout the 48-7 beatdown. That meant they were down to three cornerbacks who haven’t been on the roster a month. 

Here’s when the trio that ended the game arrived to the 53-man roster: 

11/17: De’Vante Bausby promoted from the practice squad 
11/5: Cre’Von LeBlanc claimed off waivers 
10/25: Chandon Sullivan promoted from the practice squad 

Of the group, LeBlanc has the most NFL experience. He played in his 33rd-career game Sunday. It was Bausby’s fifth-career game. It was Sullivan’s third. It was career game No. 259 for Brees. 

To be fair, it's not like Douglas, Jones and Maddox were having good games before they left either. They were torched early before the next trio was torched late. 

Brees had a passer rating of 153.3, the highest of what seems to be an MVP season. He was likely going to go off no matter what happened in the Eagles secondary … and then a decimated unit was again ravaged by more injuries. 

That’s not great, especially against a guy like Brees and in a stadium like the Superdome. The Saints were off and running on that fast track. 

“He’s a good quarterback. He did his thing,” Bausby said. “I ain’t gonna lie. Some plays out there we should have made. Back to the drawing board.”

Brees threw for 363 yards, four touchdowns and completed over 73 percent of his passes against the Birds, which is nearly unprecedented. He’s just the fifth player to ever put up those numbers against the Eagles. Although, Ryan Fitzpatrick did it earlier this year.

Things might not get any better in a hurry for the Eagles at corner either. Jones hurt his hamstring as he returned from a hamstring injury that kept him out three weeks. Douglas had a brace on his knee as he left the locker room. And that Maddox injury didn’t look pretty. 

“It’s very unfortunate but the injury rate in this league is 100 percent,” Sullivan said. “On any given play, it can be the last play of the season. It’s just the next man up mentality. We just have to go out there and keep fighting with the guys we have and move forward.”  

The guys on the roster have no choice but to move forward after all these injuries. But that doesn’t mean things are going to get any easier.

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