Eagles' Hobbs stops by SportsNation

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Since Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs grew up playing high school ball down the street from my house in Dallas (actually 25 miles), I looked forward to reading his SportsNation chat transcript. Unfortunately, Hobbs appeared to be in a rush during the chat -- considering he averaged about 11 words per answer.

But I'm sure he'll open up a little bit in the future. He was asked to describe his relationship with former Patriots teammate Asante Samuel.

"Everyone portrays it negatively because we're different styles of player, but we're actually good friends," said Hobbs in one of his longer answers.

Hmm. Did you guys realize that Hobbs and Samuel's relationship had been portrayed "negatively?" I guess that was a relationship I didn't really follow until recently. I don't call it being a "Jon and Kate" type negativity, but we'll do some back reading to see how Samuel and Hobbs were once portrayed.

Hobbs was also asked which receiver he looked most forward to playing against. Interestingly (mildly), he went with a quarterback instead.

"Probably the receiver I'm looking forward to facing the most is not necessarily a receiver, but a quarterback ... Matt Cassel," said Hobbs during the chat. "He was my teammate and I'm looking forward to playing against him."

During my weekly chat, which was well-attended I might add, Eagles fans wanted to know whether Hobbs would be returning kicks this season. Here's his response to that question:

"That's the million-dollar question right there," writes Hobbs. "I would like to, if I can still be successful at it, but we would have to see, depending on the status."

So I guess that pretty much sums it up. Can't believe we just got a blog entry out of that chat. Pretty remarkable.

Update: Hobbs also stopped by for a quick podcast chat where he spoke about what it was like playing for Bill Belichick and the Patriots, how talented Randy Moss is, his relationship with Tom Brady and what he expects from Philadelphia.