Get very familiar with the name Grayland Arnold if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.
It doesn’t matter who you talk to. It doesn’t matter who you poll. Ask anyone who knows anything about these Philadelphia Eagles, and you’ll learn that the coaches and the players absolutely love Grayland Arnold.
He’s a five-foot-ten, 190-pound defensive back that played cornerback at the University of Baylor, but he might be better suited to play the safety position at the professional level. In 30 career games as a Big 12 standout, he racked up 106 total tackles, a sack, seven interceptions, and 13 pass breakups, and the Eagles are hoping that some of that translates to the professional level.
Philly’s starting safety tandem appears to be set with both Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod. Rookie K’Von Wallace is safe in terms of a roster position as is newly acquired Will Parks. Marcus Epps and Rudy Ford both made the roster in 2019, the latter mainly as a special teams ace because of his speed.
If Arnold is trying to leapfrog anyone on the roster, it would probably need to be one of them. The “Birds” have kept five safeties before with one of them concentrating on special teams. Might that be the plan? Should we pencil one of them in for a special teams position on Dave Fipp’s unit in 2020? Don’t be surprised if that ends up happening. Ford did miss the last month of the season after being placed on the team’s IR (injured reserve) on November 23rd. Once you get past the top four safeties on Philly’s depth chart, who belongs in the fifth slot is really a matter of personal preference.