Corey Clement taking advantage of his opportunity
Corey Clement is working extremely hard to land a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles’ 53-man roster. Clement, an undrafted player from Glassboro (N.J.) High and the University of Wisconsin, made a huge impression with his play leading the Eagles to a 20-16 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.
The 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back, rushed for 34 yards on eight carries and scored on a six-yard touchdown run in the team’s second preseason game. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been impressed with the former South Jersey star.
“Yeah, Corey’s been doing a really good job for us,” Pederson said. “He’s a tough kid, as you can see, he’s a tough runner, smart kid. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. He’s put himself in a good position. He’s competing with the other running backs there at his position. He’s doing a nice job in camp overall.”
Clement knows a game like this could make a difference in terms of him getting to that next level. However, he doesn’t plan to rest on his laurels after this game. He has a full week of practice ahead and another preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
“I think it helps a lot,” Clement said. “I’ve got to look forward to the next week of practice and going against Miami. It’s definitely a confidence builder, but at the same time I don’t let anything get to my head. I realize I wasn’t drafted. I still have a chip on my shoulder. I have it every day that I come out. I approach every day as if it’s going to be my last one. So, at the same time, my approach is definitely going to be one day at a time.”
Clement had a brilliant college career at Wisconsin. He gained 3,092 rushing yards and finished eighth all-time with a rushing average of 5.4 yards a carry. He wrapped up his playing days with the Badgers tallying 36 TDs for his career. In addition, he had a great senior year with career highs in rushing attempts (314), rushing yards (1,375) and rushing TDs with 15. Clements picked up first-team All-Big Ten recognition as well.
But making the team would be really special for this local standout who had a terrific college career.
“It means a lot just showing that whatever you put your mind to you can definitely be in that position that you want to be in,” Clement said. “So, just showing my guys from Glassboro High School and those back at my college that you put your mind to it you’ll be in the NFL as well and making a name for yourself.”
The Eagles next preseason game will be against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday at Lincoln Financial Field. The kickoff will be at 7 p.m. on NBC 10.