Darius Slay of the Philadelphia Eagles lands on Bleacher Report list
For a few years now, the defensive secondary of the Philadelphia Eagles has left much to the imagination. It’s been an area of opportunity to the point where they needed to address it at some point this offseason. Wisely, the Eagles made a big trade to acquire one of the top cornerbacks today in Darius Slay.
The Eagles worked with the Detroit Lions to make it happen as they were able to trade for Slay and not give up a whole lot to bolster their secondary immediately upon his arrival. All it took was a third and fifth-round pick and now, the Eagles have a true shutdown cornerback capable of keeping up with any receiver coming his way.
As always during an NFL offseason, many journalists and writers will predict what players will do, especially when they’re debuting for a brand new team this upcoming season. Such is the case with Slay as Bleacher Report has made some pretty big predictions for what he’ll do in 2020 which is a great sight to see.
The Philadelphia Eagles will see an immediate impact with Darius Slay
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In an article written by Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report, he broke down the nine NFL players set to make a significant impact on their new teams in 2020, and Slay rightfully made the list. Not only should Slay be able to make an immediate impact but he’ll also be able to make those around him better.
Slay can back up everything he’ll be preaching about to his new teammates thanks to everything he brings to the table. So far in his seven years with the Lions, Slay has totaled 347 tackles, 19 interceptions, and 104 passes defended. With his experience, leadership, and consistency in being a starter, he’s exactly what was needed on the Eagles’ defense.
Since the Eagles wisely extended Slay until 2024, he’ll be an anchor on their secondary and help groom those around him to play as a more consistent unit. Expect to see him lead the troops to battle often on game day as it all starts with experience and longevity as Slay throughout his entire career hasn’t missed much game time at all. All it takes is one impact player like Slay to turn this secondary into a stout one in a relatively short amount of time and hopefully, everything falls into place with his first season on the Eagles.
Overall, it’ll be great to see how Slay adjusts to life in the NFC East and on the Eagles. Not only is Philadelphia primed to be a playoff-contending team once again, but they have made a lot of smart decisions this offseason to hopefully go the distance. Who knows, perhaps Slay will indeed be that missing piece that helps them progress even further in the postseason. That’s what being an impact player is all about as Slay has that term written all over him.