The Eagles are embracing open competition at cornerback
The biggest concern for the Philadelphia Eagles going into next season is their secondary. After losing Jalen Mills and Cre’Von LeBlanc on top of an already weak group, the Eagles needed significant repairs. While they were able to sign Anthony Harris to pair alongside Rodney McLeod at safety, there is still a major hole at cornerback.
When speaking during OTA’s today, Eagles defensive backs coach Denard Wilson discussed the open competition for the CB2 spot.
“Whoever comes in and puts it all together, that’s who you’re going to see on Sundays. It’s who can put it all together and play smart, intelligent football and be productive. … The guy that wins the job is going to be the best guy for us to go out and compete and win.”
Among those in the fight include Avonte Maddox, draft pick Zech McPhearson, and Michael Jacquet. Maddox is the popular pick due to his experience in Philadelphia, starting last season at corner for the birds. During the 2020 season, Avonte produced an embarrassing 37.8 grade from PFF, ranking dead last out of all cornerbacks, allowing a 108.3 passer rating when being targeted.
While some might be holding out hope thinking it was a mix of bad coaching and his first season at a new position. It still doesn’t make sense why he was moved down to corner. During practice earlier this week, Michael Jacquet was spotted playing with the first team secondary on the outside, with Maddox on the inside. When Jacquet played late last season, he was incredibly streaky before recording one of the worst games from an Eagles cornerback in a long time.
Personally, Zech McPhearson would be my choice to get the nod, giving a fresh face a chance to shine in Philadelphia. According to PFF, McPheasron was the 4th-highest graded CB v. power five WRs over the last two seasons, grading out at a 90. There is no doubt the Eagles need to make a massive upgrade at cornerback soon. Free-agent Steven Nelson is still available, while the Eagles currently have over $8 million in cap space.
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