Maybe Eagles fans just aren’t excited about cornerbacks being added in free agency anymore.
Patrick Robinson‘s signing by the Philadelphia Eagles truly caught all of us off guard. Then, just as quickly as seemed to happen, the excitement died down, and everyone was back to their normal routines. Why is that? As Chris Carlin and Ike Reese stated on The Afternoon Show on 94 WIP-FM, Robinson’s addition fills “one less hole” than the Eagles originally had.
Still, it’s hard to get excited about what the Eagles do in free agency at the cornerback position. Yes, there’s been Troy Vincent, but there’s also been Leodis McKelvin, Byron Maxwell and Nnamdi Asomugha. Asante Samuel is debatable. The jury is still out on Ron Brooks.
Even still, none of that has anything to do with Robinson. He’s a former first round selection, the 32nd overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2010. He’s been a bit of a journeyman, playing with three teams in his first seven seasons, but he’s been successful as well.
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Here are three reasons to be excited about the Robinson signing:
Some are of the theory that the Eagles may take two cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft. With Jalen Mills already in the fold and uncertainty as to whether Ron Brooks has the talent to start, the Eagles were in danger of heading into the 2017 with three starting cornerbacks who had a grand total of one year of NFL experience. Robinson adds that experience and leadership as well.
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2. Philadelphia is a place free agents want to come play.
Well, we now know once Malcolm Jenkins‘ playing days are over, he has a career ahead of him in scouting and recruiting. Jenkins, a former teammate of Robinson’s (and one of his good friends), is a big reason one of the newest Eagles is in Philly. On the offensive side of the ball, if you’ll remember, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery stated one of the reasons he signed with the Eagles was he was excited about playing with quarterback Carson Wentz. Philadelphia is becoming an attractive spot for veterans to land. That’s never a bad thing.
If you’ll remember, Nnamdi Asomugha didn’t mind mixing things up physically, but his cover skills had all but diminished by the time he got to Philadelphia. Lito Sheppard and Asante Samuel thrilled people because they picked off passes and took a few to the house, but they were never really excited about sticking their head in the pile. With Robinson, the Eagles get a guy who can cover the slot receiver or either receiver on the outside. He enjoys playing in coverage, but he’s also physical and tackles well.
Whenever you mention age, injuries and a man who’s played on several teams in a short span of time, there are concerns. Check each of those boxes for Robinson. Many people are probably wondering what happens if Robinson can’t return to form and play at the level he did earlier in his career or like he played with the San Diego Chargers in 2015. We have what we believe is an equally interesting thought. What if he can?
Imagine the possibilities. We’ll all have to wait and see what happens.