Eagles hire Stephen Thomas as defensive assistant

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Princeton's inside linebackers coach Stephen Thomas to be their defensive quality control coach.

Assistant special teams coach Matthew Harper becomes the team's assistant defensive backs coach and defensive quality control coach Michael Clay becomes the assistant special teams coach.

The 31-year-old Thomas spent the past three seasons at Princeton. The Tigers ranked second in the Ivy League in total defense and rushing defense in 2013 when they won the league title.

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