Those Philadelphia Eagles backups are center stage again

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Who else are the Philadelphia Eagles asking to contribute?

The outside corner position opposite Darius Slay is a major question mark. Avonte Maddox got hurt last week and Trevor Williams stepped in and played well. Unfortunately, Williams is out now as well for this week’s matchup. The only backup outside corner the Eagles kept at the start of this season was Craig James, and he’s currently on Philly’s injured reserve.

Training camp standout Grayland Arnold has been elevated from the practice squad for the second straight week. He can play both safety and corner. The Eagles could play him on the outside or they could move Jalen Mills to the outside and play with a combination of Arnold, K’Von Wallace, and Marcus Epps at the second and third safety spots behind Rodney McLeod. Either way, the backups are going to have to step up and play well.

Outside of that, the Eagles are already asking Matt Pryor and Nate Herbig to play at a high-level. Undrafted free agent T.J. Edwards is starting at linebacker in just his second season after playing limited snaps in 2019. Cre’Von LeBlanc is once again playing the majority of the snaps at slot corner with Nickell Robey-Coleman underperforming through three weeks. Who knows? If Nate Gerry continues to disappoint, rookie linebacker Davion Taylor could be starting soon enough.

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The number of injuries this team has suffered is mind-boggling but situations like these are where they thrive. Philly fans will find out tomorrow night if their team can pull off another major primetime upset. The odds are stacked against them though.