Philadelphia Eagles Bolster Secondary Depth By Signing Former Houston Texans CB Roc Carmichael

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If the first two weeks of the NFL season  have shown anything to be evident about the Philadelphia Eagles, it is that Chip Kelly‘s squad is paper thin in the secondary.

As a result, on Wednesday the Eagles announced they had signed cornerback Roc Carmichael off of the Houston Texans practice squad.

Houston’s fourth-round draft choice in 2011 sat out his entire rookie season and finished last year’s campaign appearing in five games and recording a total of 131 snaps, primarily on special teams.

To make room for Carmichael, the Birds placed Brandon Hughes on the injured reserve list, thus ending his season and it is still very possible that the team will grant him his outright release if he is medically cleared to play. This will be the second time in a month that Hughes has been cut loose.

With six cornerbacks on the roster, Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin-who made his first career NFL start last Sunday against the San Diego Chargers-are the only healthy corners with significant experience at the pro level.

After allowing Philip Rivers to put on a passing expo to the tune of 419 yards and three touchdowns it is clear that something needs to be done to fix the Eagles’ secondary.

Just don’t expect Carmichael to have any sort of conversation changing impact.

While this is certainly a move to add a healthy body in time for a matchup against Alex Smith, who has the highest completion percentage over the course of the last three years, expecting anything beyond added depth simply isn’t fair.

Matt Lombardo is also an on-air personality on 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Join the conversation and follow Matt on Twitter.


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