Tuesday, May 7, 2013
State of the Eagles at cornerback
By Dan Graziano
On the topic of super-early roster projections, we take a look at the Philadelphia Eagles and the cornerback position, with the help of our friend Sheil Kapadia. He's got newcomers Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams and holdover Brandon Boykin as sure things to make the roster, with two spots left for a group that includes Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley, Eddie Whitley and 2013 seventh-round pick Jordan Poyer, who's an interesting wild card who could threaten Boykin's nickel corner spot if he comes quickly:
Poyer has a really good shot of sticking because of his wide array of skills. Poyer has experience playing inside, outside, safety and special teams (returner and coverage). Of course, if Chip Kelly and the coaches determine that Poyer is not particularly good at any of those skills, he could be let go. But at this point, he’s got a good chance of making the team.
Also working in Poyer's favor is that the current staff is the one that drafted him, where a few of these other guys are holdovers who might not impress Kelly's staff the way they impressed Andy Reid's once upon a time. You have to figure free-agent signings Williams and Fletcher are the projected starters right now, with Boykin penciled in for the nickel role. But minicamps and the summer program will help sort out Boykin's chances of a larger role, and the chances of someone like Poyer -- who in the end is a seventh-round flyer for a reason -- to make an impact on this year's team.