The Philadelphia Eagles have some tough decisions to make during training camp.
For seemingly five years, from March of 2017 through the current summer, there’s never been an NFL offseason in which we didn’t ask a familiar question. What are the Philadelphia Eagles going to do to address the wide receiver and cornerback positions?
Every year, efforts have been made to fill the obvious holes. Every offseason, we’re back in that same boat and trying to patch the holes and throw the rising water back overboard. Ahead of 2022’s training camp, there’s some light at the end of the tunnel.
The addition of A.J. Brown to a wide receiver room that already featured DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins gives Philadelphia the best trio they’ve had since, dare we say, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant, a collective the great Merrill Reese once said was the best trio of Eagles wide receivers ever.
The Darius Slay/James Bradberry tandem gives them their best set of outside corners since Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor (no disrespect is intended to Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown). Avonte Maddox will hold things down as the starting slot corner. That’s where things get very interesting.
If nothing changes between now and the start of training camp, 12 wide receivers and 13 cornerbacks will show up at the NovaCare Complex to compete for jobs, and Philly figures to carry six men at each position on the 53-man regular-season roster. The competition will be fierce. Heck, the competition will be fierce at every position.
There’s been so much to talk about already, but let’s take a look at some of the young guys. Here are several rookies who have earned their shot but should also keep in mind that they have little room for error if they want to make the team.