Might we look back on 2020’s season and say the NFL’s best slot cornerback was wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey?
As the final hours of the 2020 calendar year’s sixth month ticked away, ESPN’s Tim McManus woke up early to pen a piece on four players the Eagles are optimistic about that fans might be overlooking. Two potential stars were mentioned as were two guys who shouldn’t seem like they qualify.
Ever since March, “Birds” fans have been grinning from ear to ear about a strange turn of events that concluded with Darius Slay in an Eagles jersey and an extension that ensured he’d be playing in the “City of Brotherly Love” through the 2023 season.
Truthfully, that would be enough to cast an imposing shadow on anyone, especially someone that plays the same position but don’t ignore Nickell Robey-Coleman. Philly might have struck one of the better coups of the past three seasons as they get their new starting slot cornerback on a one-year, $1.35 million deal.
Nigel who? T.J. Edwards has some large shoes to fill, and it appears that he’s, indeed, ready to step into a leadership role for this Philadelphia Eagles defense.
If you’re a die-hard Eagles fan, the buzz surrounding T.J. Edwards dates back to last season as the signing of an undrafted rookie linebacker from the Wisconsin Badgers had some scratching their heads about how seven rounds of a draft went by without his name being called.
After getting a full season to learn and after getting some experience while handling reserve duty as a rook, the team’s new starting middle linebacker job seems to be Edwards’ to lose. That’s a thought that isn’t lost on any “Birds” fan and one that makes the Eagles brass and coaches smile. Expect to see “57” making a lot of plays.