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Nate Allen

Eagles will turn Byron Maxwell loose in coverage

The Eagles made Byron Maxwell one of the five highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL before he was ever a true No. 1 cornerback, and he'll need to earn that salary by covering an opposing team's top wide receiver regardless of which side of the field that receiver lines up. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Thursday that the Eagles would allow Maxwell to shadow receivers more than they have in the past, when Davis' defense stuck almost exclusively to a left and right cornerback. "Of course that's what I would like to do," Maxwell said. "I didn't know that coming here, but only a couple guys in the league get that opportunity. So it's and...