The Philadelphia Eagles have not had a reliable secondary since the Jim Johnson era and it seems to be an ongoing problem this season. The Eagles opened up their joint practice on Monday with Bill Belichick‘s New England Patriots and as we expected, the secondary is struggling.
Now I know that Patriots QB Tom Brady is a living legend and will probably torch every secondary that stands in his way, however, the Eagles will find problems with this group all season. The Eagles will be going up against top-tier quarterbacks this year that will abuse them. Guys like Robert Griffin III, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford and Jay Culter will terrorize this secondary if they don’t get their act together. Yes, it’s still training camp, but there has barely been a sign of solid play from this group and it’s kind of difficult to watch.
The bright spot in this secondary is probably Brandon Boykin. From the reports at training camp, Boykin looks like he will compete for the starting cornerback position despite being one of the best nickel corners in the league, even at a young age. Boykin showed versatility by playing inside and outside, and showed flashes of keeping up with bigger receivers.
The new cornerbacks like Cary Williams and Brandon Fletcher should be worried about their position because Boykin could easily slide under the radar and take it from them. As far as safety is concerned, they were up and down. I like the combination of Kenny Phillips and Earl Wolff. I think they have a strong chance of starting since Kurt Coleman, Nate Allen and Patrick Chung have all been inconsistent this whole camp.
Now it’s still early and the secondary will most likely get better as the season goes on. Yet we have not seen flashes of consistency throughout the other positions on the field and it seems like the secondary may struggle a lot this season.