10 Unsung Philadelphia Eagles and how they can help a playoff push

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. . . CB Cre'Von LeBlanc. 7. player. 54

The Philadelphia Eagles secondary could use some help.

Time and Time again, Cre’Von LeBlanc, better known as “Strap’, has made big-time plays for this team. He makes this list for the second straight year. In his first season in Philly, he won over the fans going one-on-one with Odell Beckham. After earning the job as the starting slot corner, he went on to be the highest-graded cornerback in the playoffs that year by Pro Football Focus which was highlighted by an interception on Drew Brees. He missed most of the 2019 season with an injury. When he did return, he played the majority of the snaps in Week 17 and in the Wild Card game.

The Eagles brought in Nickell Robey-Coleman this year on a short-term deal which hasn’t worked out thus far. LeBlanc is now back to playing a reasonable amount of the snaps. He’s made a few more notable mistakes this year but they haven’t been blatant like some of the other corners on this team. On the Golden Tate touchdown a couple of weeks ago, LeBlanc had tight coverage. Daniel Jones placed the ball perfectly and Tate put his hands up late so LeBlanc couldn’t find the ball quick enough. LeBlanc was still inches away from making the play. He made it for it by navigating through traffic for a tackle on a third down and flipping Evan Engram at one point as well.

Throughout his time in Philly, he’s shown he can be the nickel corner of the future. He can blitz as he did on the strip-sack versus the 49ers. He can be a hard hitter and flip guys like Engram and Adam Shaheen while laying out others. As previously mentioned, he can navigate through traffic in the middle of the field pretty well too. It doesn’t matter whether he’s playing man or zone coverage, he’s a playmaker. If the Eagles commit to LeBlanc as the long term answer in the slot, he could continue to develop into a star. When the lights shine bright, ‘Strap’ plays his best football. Watch out for him these next eight games.