Philadelphia Eagles midseason roster grades for every position

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Rodney McLeod (23), Darius Slay (24), Jalen Mills (21) Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

player. 54. . . . The cornerbacks.

Every year, we all say the same thing. No matter who this team adds and no matter how much money this team invests in the position, every offseason we’re back to talking about the same things. The Eagles always seem to need help at the cornerback position.

This year, they added Darius Slay via trade and brought in Nickell Robey-Coleman during the free-agency period. Grayland Arnold, Michael Jacquet, and Elijah Riley were added after the most recent NFL Draft. Still, even after all of that, here we are again. Philly is in dire straits at cornerback, and no one would be surprised if we’re talking about this team drafting one next year during the selection meeting. Grade: D

. . . The safeties. . player. 54

Believe it or not, the Eagles actually have six safeties on the active roster. It doesn’t seem like it though, does it? Here’s a quick roll call: K’Von Wallace, Will Parks, Marcus Epps, Rodney McLeod, Rudy Ford, and Jalen Mills. See? That’s six safeties. Why does it seem like they need two more then?

It also needs to be restated that they have a potential safety of the future, but they’re calling him a linebacker (Davion Taylor). Mills and Parks are both on one-year deals. This is a unit that’s average right now and may need an upgrade by the time next March rolls around. Grade: C-

54. . . . Special teams . . player

Once upon a time, Dave Fipp had this unit looking like they were just as much a weapon as the offense or the defense. Just think back to that game in 2015 in Foxborough versus the New England Patriots. The special teams scored on both a blocked punt and a punt return that Darren Sproles took to the house.

These days, Philly’s field goal kicker can’t connect consistently, and the last highlight came in Week 2 versus the Los Angeles Rams when they forced a turnover. Other than that, the fact that their punter is pretty good (he’s preventing this unit from earning a failing grade). There hasn’t been much to get excited about in regards to the special teams unit. Grade: D