The Eagles have developed depth and competition in their secondary and I’m not really sure about who is going to start at the cornerback position at the start of the season. Of course you have some guys who have started in the past in Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, but both of those guys are coming off of injuries. They haven’t been practicing with the team but they’re supposed to be ready when training camp starts. The starting corners during OTA’s and in the mandatory workouts last week were Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox. Rasul Douglas has also been out there and he has done well.
I will guarantee that Maddox will be starting for this football team this season. It will either be at cornerback, slot corner or at safety. He is without question one of the top defensive backs on this roster. those of the guys have some who have started at the quarterback position in the Eagles secondary so going forward there’s gonna be competition for the job now I do think that Darby it there at s very likely to be starting as well. The salary the Birds gave him let us know how they feel about him. He was also out there working on the side during the mandatory workouts. He’s not far from getting back because he was running fairly well. He’s got more work to do, but I could see that there’s a chance he will be ready for training camp.
I’m not as sure how they feel about Mills. They definitely like he competitiveness and the fact that he is tough mentally, meaning he can get beaten, but get back up as if it never happened. This young man is resilient. You need tough-minded people like Mills on a championship ball club. I think that Mills is probably the favorite to be a starting corner but there’s gonna be competition from Jones. This is a huge year for Jones and he’s got to finally stay healthy.
He has changed his workouts in order to hopefully stay healthy. Jones has tried to better prepare his body for the sprinting, change of direction and hitting, so that he can stay healthy.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who wants additional monies from the Birds, is likely to be taken care of the team. When I heard him say that he “feels respected” by the team, that makes me think he got some type of assurance from the organization that he’s going to be taken care of at some point. I don’t think they are the same team without the play and leadership of Jenkins.
The other safety, Rodney McLeod, isn’t in quite the same position as Jenkins. but he’s still very valuable to the football team. He’s recovering from an ACL tear, but he will likely be a starter this season. McLeod is an outstanding open field tackler, who is capable of covering receivers man-to-man. His versatility and the versatility of Jenkins makes them so valuable to the Jim Schwartz and his defense. Jenkins and McLeod do a great job of working together. They know each extremely well and are able to anticipate the moves of each other on every play. Veteran safety Andrew Sendejo, who was acquired during the off season has quickly picked up the defense this spring. He has done a good job in coverage with the shorts on, but we’ll check him out in the preseason, but he’s likely to step in and take retired Corey Graham’s place.
Tre Sullivan is a young safety who showed promise last year at the end of the season, when he and other youngsters like Cre’Van LeBlanc proved they can play on the NFL level. He’s a playmaker with the smarts you like to see in your safeties.
The bottomline is that the Eagles have a tremendous amount of talent in their secondary. We aren’t sure who is going to start right now, but you can be sure, there will be depth and competition in the Eagles secondary.