The last remaining battle on the Philadelphia Eagles roster is at the safety position.
Patrick Chung seemingly has a spot locked up as he has been impressive early on in training camp and the preseason. The real battle is at the other spot between veterans Nate Allen and Kenny Phillips, and newcomer Earl Wolff. Phillips seems to be a long shot at this point as he just can’t seem to stay on the field. Allen and Wolff are fighting for that coveted starting safety role.
There are arguments for each player. Allen might be the steadier presence as he has been in the league for four seasons now and knows what to expect on Sundays, and when to be in the right place. However, his play has been inconsistent ever since a stellar rookie season. He has had far too many ups and downs for a player of his talent level, and has shown poor football instincts at times.
Wolf is green to the league, no doubt about it. He, however seems to have an aggressive mentality and has been around the ball a ton in the practices and exhibition games. A playmaker at the safety position is something the Eagles have lacked since the great Brian Dawkins. Wolff has the potential to give them that.
If I am defensive coordinator Billy Davis, I am rolling the dice on Wolff. While he will certainly take his lumps as a rookie, I believe he will also make his fair share of plays, something Allen has failed to do for a number of seasons. It is a high-risk/high-reward move for sure. However, I believe the defense will reap the benefits in the long run.