Eagles Have To Hope Their Safeties Hold UpBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Secondary Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
They had a good pass rush a year ago, now they’ve improved it with the addition of Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry. They’ve also improved their linebacking corps with the addition of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks.
The cornerbacks should be up to speed with Nmandi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. They’ll have Joselio Hanson or Brandon Boykin in the slot.
The big question marks in the secondary are the safeties, Nate Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson, who is rehabbing from a . Any time these guys make a mistake, it could mean six points for the other team.
“We’re excited about our group of safeties,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told a group of media members yesterday. “I don’t think we need someone with more experience. We feel very comfortable with our group.”
Allen should be fine versus the pass, but he’s got to do a better job of open field tackling. He also can’t make the mistake of biting on dive fakes like he did against the Patriots. I do like his smarts, speed and his ball skills, which are very vital to a safety along with sure tackling.
Jarrett has a lot to prove. I’m going to be watching him very closely when the Birds start their off season practices and during training camp. This is a huge off season and year for him.
Coleman is a good backup and can fill in for a few games, but he has trouble at times when teams can game plan for him and get him isolated.
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