The secondary was a real sore spot for the Philadelphia Eagles and many spots in the defensive backfield will potentially be won in training camp and the preseason.
The corner and safety play left something to be desired for last season as miscommunication and blown assignments seemed to be a running theme for the Eagles defense in 2012. The Eagles have had a total turnover at the cornerback and safety positions, as the old faces synonymous with losing are gone. They now have two hungry young, veteran corners who are sure tacklers and whose effort and desire have never been questioned.
The Eagles brought in Bradley Fletcher from the St. Louis Rams organization, who has proven to be a sure tackler with sound coverage when given the opportunity. They also brought in Cary Williams from the Baltimore Ravens who was a key cog in the Ravens run to a world championship. Cornerback play last year for the Eagles was beyond awful with lazy play and questionable tackling effort. These are two attributes you will not see from these young men as they are two of the better tackling corners in their profession and their effort is never in question. While some of the young guys could possibly push Fletcher and Williams, expect these two young veterans to start Week 1.
Safety is the position most wide open in the secondary. Early on in training camp, Nate Allen and Patrick Chung have been running with the No. 1 defense but that could all change especially if new addition Kenny Phillips, a proven pro bowl talent, is healthy in the regular season. Another man who could surprise even in his rookie season is Earl Wolff. He has been impressive both physically and mentally, picking up the defense quickly and making plays on the ball in practice. He has all the physical tools to start for Billy Davis’ defensive crew and he could push one of Allen, Phillips or Chung for a starting spot.
Jobs will be won in the Eagles secondary on the practice field and in preseason. That is only fitting for a secondary that was all-time bad last season. Competition breeds success. That’s the idea for the Eagles defense in 2013.