Obviously, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to struggle mightily at cornerback this season
They only have eight guys healthy at that position currently in training camp.
As it stands, the likely starters are last year’s seventh-round pick Jalen Mills and a guy on a prove-it to me, veteran-minimum deal in Patrick Robinson.
Behind them are more guys with little to no NFL experience, including 2017 third-round pick Rasul Douglas, whom the Eagles hope can step up into a big role in year one, followed by Aaron Grymes, CJ Smith, and newly signed Devonta Glover-White. The Eagles also will be without the services of 2017 second-round pick Sidney Jones, as he recovers from a torn Achilles.
The best corner on the roster is Ron Brooks, who will primarily be in the slot.
With the thinking the Eagles can’t possibly go into the regular season in this sad, sad state, they did make another move today adding to the secondary
Philadelphia signed veteran safety Corey Graham to a one-year deal Thursday. Graham is being listed as a safety, but played cornerback until 2015. Graham also played under Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills. With career numbers of 612 tackles, three sacks, and 15 interceptions a Pro Bowl appearance in 2011, this might be the move everyone was waiting for the Eagles to make.
But there’s still another option for the Eagles to try to keep this cornerback corps afloat – trading for Kyle Fuller of the Chicago Bears.
The Eagles showed interest in Fuller during the 2014 NFL Draft. Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel Joe Douglas has some familiarity with Fuller, after spending a year in Chicago. He was productive in his rookie season with four interceptions, 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and 50 tackles. Injuries have hampered Fuller, however. But he’s only 25, and it’s someone the Eagles can take a chance on with nothing to lose.
Either way, it’s going to be a rough go for the Eagles cornerbacks. Hopefully an improved pass rush can be more consistent in getting to the quarterback and taking some pressure of this thin and inexperience unit.
Matt Catrillo is a Philadelphia Eagles Contributor for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @MCatrillo. For more coverage on the Eagles and NFL from Matt, tune in to the Football Friday Podcast.