I have found solace in the slew of players brought in the past few months – and dare I say – I am quite “comfy”. Philadelphia did not reach for many players – in fact, the only reach people assume is first round pick linebacker Marcus Smith II – and I feel that the players Philly did grab, will be utilized fully in due time. I can see safety Chris Maragos contributing in a big way on special teams, alongside linebacker Bryan Braman. Neither of the two players will immediately replace my adoration for Vikings safety Colt Anderson, who became somewhat of a fan favorite in Philadelphia for his relentless special teams play, and knack for getting to the ball on returns. But, Maragos and Braman were perfect pickups, and by “perfect”, I mean perfect for the Eagles.
The Eagles decided to cut ties with safety Patrick Chung, and allowed the Patriots to have him back. Chung was horrendous during his time with the Eagles. I have seen him pop fellow defensive backs more times than I seen making a tackle on receivers. Patrick Chung was moved out, and Malcolm Jenkins seems poised to slow the “revolving safety door” that has been rapidly gaining traction since safety Brain Dawkins’ departure left a Grand Canyon sized hole. Jenkins is reliable, and is a most welcomed upgrade to Chung. His partner, safety Nate Allen, will benefit much from an intelligent, vocal veteran playing next to him in the backfield.
In front of those two are cornerbacks Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, and Brandon “Boy King” Boykin. All starters and all are starter quality. Few Eagles fans are not afraid to admit, “I love our corners” – and I am one of them. I do not want to disrupt their chemistry, as their different style of play handsomely compliments each other. Cary is incredibly aggressive, especially when the ball is thrown in his direction, and Fletcher is so calm when the ball is in the air it is almost scary. Boykin is a “baby shutdown”. He murders quarterback stats, and does not realize just how little his is. He is a small pup, that is for sure, but that dog has a bigger bite that people could imagine. I am beyond stoked to have cornerback Nolan Carroll II mixed in there, and cannot wait until the pads come on to see what he does. He has some great stats, and looks bigger than his measurements suggests. He plays nimble, and so fits what defensive coordinator Billy Davis is looking for – a bigger defensive backfield, with agility and some versatility.