Philadelphia Eagles: Surprising Number of Cornerbacks Kept On 53-Man Roster

By Ryan Wenzell
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The Philadelphia Eagles went with a whopping six cornerbacks and five safeties on their 53-man roster. This was certainly a shocker in what was considered a weakness on the team.

The Eagles right now have three corners they can rely on in game situations in Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin. After that, it gets a bit dicey. Brandon Hughes is a guy that has been on the team for a few years, but he recently broke his hand and hasn’t shown much in game situations. Curtis Marsh is a real enigma as he was drafted relatively high by the Eagles in the third round, but has yet to show anything of significance and has mainly been utilized on special teams. His slow development seemed to assure him of being released, but he has stuck.

The biggest surprise may have been Jordan Poyer. He looked very raw and green to the league in the preseason and seemed destined for the practice squad. Yet even he made it to onto the final 53-man roster.

It could be that the Eagles are holding roster spots for other potential castoffs from other teams. They had the fourth-worst record in the league last year, so they will have fairly high priority on players that are cut and subject to waivers.

A few players who could be of interest recently cut by the Seattle Seahawks are Ron Parker, Winston Guy and DeShawn Shead. The Hawks boast impressive depth in the secondary and so they let a couple of players go that could help corner-needy teams like the Eagles.

Another position that has virtually no depth is outside linebacker. Chris McCoy was a real surprise cut and that leaves just Brandon Graham, Trent Cole and Connor Barwin at outside linebacker. Graham in particular seems like a bit of an awkward fit, especially in coverage.

Look for the Eagles to make moves especially at those two positions. The Eagles roster right now is a very fluid situation. Look for it to change a few times in the coming days and weeks to come.

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