After a tumultuous 2013 season on and off the field, the cornerback was ready for a fresh start.
Enter the Philadelphia Eagles.
“It’s more just excited just because of a new possibility, a new chapter in my life, something I haven’t experienced since I’ve been in the NFL,” Carroll told CSNPhilly.com. “I’ve been with the same team for four years. It’s been the same thing every year and it’s kinda been the same results, going through certain things every year and trying to overcome that stuff. For here, it’s really just a new environment, new people I’m around, new teammates, new city. Those kind of things excite me because I don’t know what’s lying ahead.”
During OTAs and mini-camp, Carroll was able to focus on football.
It was a welcome change.
“Just the fact that three are no distractions,” Carroll told CSNPhilly.com “You’re just able to concentrate on football. Stuff that happened last year, we tried to concentrate on football. But when when we tried it was always the other stuff was always brought up. For us, even though we tried to avoid it, it sidetracked us so much because people were talking about the wrong things. It kind of killed us.”
On the field, Carroll is excited for the chance to compete for a starting job. He’ll likely battle with Bradley Fletcher.
“Coach (Chip) Kelly told me he was gonna give me an opportunity to come in here and compete for a starting job,” Carroll told CSNPhilly.vom. “That’s something, looking into that and looking at how the team was last year ... they made the playoffs and that’s something I’ve never been used to, never been accustomed to. The culture is all about getting better every single day, no matter what it might be. And that’s something that appealed to me, because I could have gone to other places but this was the place I felt more comfortable.”