5 Philadelphia Eagles veterans who may get leapfrogged by rookies

Jason Huntley #32, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Zech McPhearson #27, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Eagles have three undrafted rookie cornerbacks that you may want to make note of.

If nothing changed between now and the start of training camp, the Eagles will return to the NovaCare Complex with 13 cornerbacks on the roster who are ready to compete for jobs. Three of those guys are guaranteed roster spots: Darius Slay, James Bradberry, and Avonte Maddox. If Philadelphia plans to carry six players at the position, a very likely scenario, seven guys are going to get their feelings hurt.

Some would venture to state that Zech McPhearson, a fourth-round selection in 2021, has the inroad to that fourth spot, but can we guarantee that he’s better than any of the three undrafted rookies the Eagles have added?

Mario Goodrich, Josh Jobe, and Josh Blackwell will have tough hills to climb to make Philly’s roster, but no one should be shocked if they surpass a few veterans and are still in the conversation by the time we’re approaching final roster cuts.

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Cases can be made that their status as undrafted rookies represents an oversight by the rest of the NFL. They all could have been late-rounders, but even with that being said, if they land on the Eagles’ practice squad, they may not have to wait long before they’re scooped up by other teams.