3 Most undervalued Philadelphia Eagles as we approach training camp

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Avonte Maddox (29), Philadelphia Eagles,
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. . . Avonte Maddox, cornerback. . player. 54

Avonte Maddox could provide some double-duty for the Philadelphia Eagles.

At this point, you’ve probably had quite a few conversations with your friends (and maybe one or two in your alone time) about Avonte Maddox. Fear not. You are not alone. As we near training camp for the Philadelphia Eagles, Maddox’s name is one that you can expect to roll off of a few tongues with a little more frequency.

Why? It’s simple. We’re entering a contract season, and no one can say with any certainty what Maddox’s role is, not even Maddox himself.

The Birds are never going to be able to coach this young man out of being five-foot-nine. Drills won’t help that, and even though he can fill out his frame some, it’s doubtful that he’ll ever eclipse 200 pounds.

Maddox’s career in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey has seen its share of ups and downs. There are times where it feels like he’d be pretty decent if he was a better tackler, but the consistency really isn’t there. Still, even with all of that being said, if the season was to start today, Maddox would probably be the starting corner opposite Darius Slay in base sets and the slot corner when opposing offenses bring a third wide receiver in.

It’s now or never for Avonte Maddox. He’s been knocking on the door for a while. Now he needs to kick it in. Fortunately, the signs are there that state he could be pretty special.