Cornerback Depth a Concern for Philadelphia Eagles

By Ryan Wenzell
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerbacks are dropping like flies for the Philadelphia Eagles. First it was Curtis Marsh with a fractured hand that leaves his future murky at best with the club as he was on the bubble anyway. Brandon Hughes had a similar injury in last week’s preseason game and Eddie Whitley had what looked like a severe knee injury and was waived by the Eagles after an injury settlement.

This is certainly a concern for head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles. After their three essential starters in Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, and Brandon Boykin there just isn’t a lot of depth back there. Right now the only two other healthy corners are rookie seventh round pick Jordan Poyer and Trevard Lindley who doesn’t have a good chance of making the roster after spending many training camps with the Eagles and not catching on.

There is no doubt come Saturday the Eagles will be scouring the waiver wire for depth. The Seattle Seahawks come to mind as a team that is loaded with cornerback depth. They also have a ton of bigger corners on their roster and size is something Kelly and defensive coordinator Billy Davis value at the corner position. A trade or roster move for one of their glut of big corners is possible in the coming days.

For now the Eagles will have to hope there are no key injuries to their starting three defensive backs or they could be in big trouble. The secondary was already a trouble spot before these injuries and that is now magnified. Don’t be surprised to see the Eagles add at least one body come Saturday.

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