Earl Wolff will likely step on the field Sunday in his debut as a starting safety for the Philadelphia Eagles. Wolff will start in place of the dinged up Patrick Chung who has yet to practice this week.
Wolff represents much needed change at the safety position. While he is young and very raw, Wolff is easily the Eagles’ most athletic and physically gifted safety on the roster. He can run and also lay a hit on a defender. In a season in which the safety play has been hit or miss at best it is well worth the risk to see what the young pup has to offer.
He could certainly be a full time starter for the future. The safety position for the Eagles has been in flux ever since the less then cordial departure of Brian Dawkins five seasons ago, and the Eagles’ search has been ongoing for a replacement.
They could have found one a few seasons ago in the draft in another Earl — Earl Thomas. He is now thriving in the league earning multiple Pro Bowl honors, and that remains an egregious draft day error for the Eagle franchise.
Let’s hope this Earl pans out in a similar fashion. The safety position is something that will have to be further overhauled in the offseason between the draft and free agency. On this Sunday, though, it is the rookie’s turn to show his stuff against a juggernaut of an offense. If he passes the test with flying colors he could be well on his way to being the next great safety to dawn the colors of midnight green.