Intriguing Eagles training camp subplots involving three undrafted rookies

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Josh Blackwell, Philadelphia Eagles
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This Eagles corner has 4.33 speed, breaks up passes, and could provide huge value on special teams.

Former Duke Blue Devil Josh Blackwell played four years in the Atlantic Coast Conference and broke up 20 passes in 33 career games at the collegiate level. He ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, and that speed definitely showed up constantly as his in-game speed sometimes appeared to be even faster.

Blackwell shows impressive fluidity, and he displayed that as a punt returner in 2019. That’s a skill set and an excellent extra perk the Philadelphia Eagles can use as they haven’t had any true options there that scare anyone for at least a few seasons now. Jalen Reagor clearly isn’t that answer even if they’d like them to be.

With Darius Slay and James Bradberry being the starting outside cornerbacks, the CB1 and CB2 roles are satisfactorily in great shape for the Eagles; however, you always need great depth in that position room to be a true contender in this league. With that being said, Blackwell will definitely have an opportunity to learn his place.

Blackwell and this next dude will contend for one if not two of what might be six spots on the roster as both can make positive impacts for the Eagles down the stretch of the coming season. The experience of playing four years and the production points to a player that could, in theory, give Philadelphia starting-level talent from a reserve player.