Eagles safety Corey Graham is questionable for Sunday’s game
Eagles backup safety Corey Graham did not practice on Wednesday.
As if the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t already have enough problems in their secondary. News broke that backup safety Corey Graham is officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Graham suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The nagging injury seemed to be bothering him enough to hold him out of practice on Wednesday.
Last week the Eagles starting safety Rodney McLeod was pulled out early in the game due to a hamstring injury. Graham came into play the remainder of the game filling in for McLeod. Although he was responsible for letting up a crucial touchdown run, he was serviceable for the most part. He recorded four combined tackles in the three-quarters that he played.
What is the backup plan?
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If there was one position that the Eagles had a solid talent and depth ratio, it was the safety position. Fast forward to week three of the regular season and the Eagles are starting to panic a bit. With Graham out and Malcolm Jenkins spending some of his time in the slot, the Eagles lack talent in the back.
The Eagles are clearly fully aware of their current desperation. Earlier this week they tried to sign Chicago Bears practice squad member DeAndre Houston-Carson to their active roster. Unfortunately, the Bears would not allow the Eagles to acquire the 2016 sixth-round pick as they signed him to their active roster.
If Graham is officially ruled out for Sunday’s game, then the Eagles are expected to start Chris Maragos at safety. Although Maragos is an excellent special teams contributor, his role on the defense could land the Eagles in some trouble.
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Maragos doesn’t have much experience in the safety role outside of the preseason. Last season, he was only able to record nine total tackles in the regular season. There is no telling whether the Eagles will have a strong rotation going or not, but one thing is for sure, the Eagles could be in some trouble.