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Kelly impressed with CB Nolan Carroll

One of the offseason priorities for the Philadelphia Eagles was to upgrade their secondary.

So they added free-agent safety Malcolm Jenkins from the New Orleans Saints.

They also added free-agent cornerback Nolan Carroll from the Miami Dolphins. It didn't exactly send shockwaves throughout the league, but the Eagles were thrilled.

"We didn't think he was an under-the-radar signing," Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters. "Obviously I don't write the articles, and thank goodness we didn't read them because he didn't feel that way to us. We had him targeted very early as a guy we wanted to bring into this organization. I think he's got the requisite length that we are looking for at the corner spot, especially as an outside corner. I've been really impressed with Nolan the short time we've had him here and I know you guys have noticed he's stuck out and (we're) excited about where he's headed."

Carroll is competing against the likes of Cary Williams. Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin.

Last season with the Dolphins, Carroll recorded a career-best three interceptions.

"We're out here competing every day, all of us," Carroll told the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal. "It's not just me ... it's wide open. We're all competing for the same spot. Just looking at the opportunity and the type of the team this is, and the places that they're going, it enticed me to come here."

With a major need on special teams, Carroll could also thrive in this aspect.

"They stick you in there and they expect you to do it," Carroll told the News Journal. "At the time (with the Dolphins), I had two first-round picks ahead of me, so I had to find a way to get on the field. They stuck me in at gunner and that's what I did."