Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Reasons Grayland Arnold can earn a roster spot

Grayland Arnold (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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1. Size is mentioned often, but comparing Arnold to these other Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs teaches you something.

At five-foot-ten and 190 pounds, there are concerns about Grayland Arnold’s size and understandably so. Comparatively speaking, he’s an inch shorter than Miles Sanders and just under 21 pounds lighter, so at first glance, you wonder how he can battle some of the bigger wideouts in the NFL.

Julio Jones is six-foot-three and 220 pounds for goodness sakes. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb of the Dallas Cowboys all stand at six-foot-one or taller. They weigh 210 pounds, 205 pounds, and 198 pounds respectively. It would seem that the “Birds” would like to employ some bigger cover guys. Then, you look at some of the guys that Philly already has on the roster.

Nickell Robey-Coleman is five-foot-eight and tips the scales at 180 pounds. We never complain about his size. Avonte Maddox is five-foot-nine and 184 pounds. Cre’Von LeBlanc is 190 pounds and stands at five-foot-ten. Do you see where this is headed?

Being six-foot-two hasn’t done a ton for Rasul Douglas, nor has height helped the six-foot Sidney Jones. Honestly, Douglas feels like he should be playing safety somewhere, but that’s another tale for another day. You can’t use the size argument as a valid reason to disqualify Mr. Arnold.