The Philadelphia Eagles recently signed Ronald Darby to a one year 8.5$ million dollar deal. The consensus is that Darby will be the team’s number one corner. That begs the question: who will be beside him?
Last year, Philly opened up with Darby, Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones highlighting the corner back room. Through struggles, they would end the year with rookie corner Avonte Maddox, second-year player Rasul Douglas and 3rd year corner Creyvon Leblanc starting. This trio was not terrible but wasn’t ideal of course for Philly’s standards. You can almost bet Philly will draft someone and bolster it. The Eagles even in there biggest db package will most likely only go to 4 corners. So who is the odd man out?
Darby will surely get a spot and Maddox is probably safe after a good rookie campaign. That leaves Leblanc, Jones, Mills, and Douglas, who led the team with 3 interceptions last season and was a highlight tackler in a few games towards the end. Maddox also snagged 2 ints. and had a couple pass breakups that could have went the other way. In the Eagles win over the Texans in week 16, he played very good defense in coverage against star WR DeAndre Hopkins. Jalen Mills wasn’t a highlight machine in 2018, but in 2017, he had 3 ints. and a pick six, flashing good potential. Sidney Jones, a former 2nd round pick in 2017, has enough potential that I feel like he will be seeing the field often this season. That leaves the Eagles sort of eagles postseason hero Creyvon Leblanc, who intercepted Drew Brees to start the divisional round playoff game, winning the hearts of every Eagles fan.
So who doesn’t make the cut (under the circumstances that the eagles keep 5 corners or play 4 in there max set)? Personally, I think they all will make the roster (but in different roles). Rasul Douglas or Jalen mills could potentially see practice time at safety, despite the fact that the Eagles have good safeties (but there not the youngest duo in the league and Philly needs to look to the future at some point). Depending on which corner sees time at safety, whether Douglas with his great tackling length and ball skills, or Mills, a former all-American safety at LSU, the Eagles should be in good shape going forward. As for the CB depth chart, I believe it opens up as follows:
- Starting corners Darby and Maddox
- Sidney Jones starting camp in the slot
- Leblanc manning the 4th corner spot
- Mills or Douglas become the 5th option
This is the best the Eagles CB room has looked since the Asante Samuel days, and there’s plenty of reason to be excited about this group heading into next season..