Even with a mere seven safeties at Eagles camp, Reed Blankenship has a huge hill to climb to make the roster.
Eagles fans will have a lot to discuss in reference to the wide receiver and cornerback positions once training camp begins. If nothing changes between now and then, 12 wideouts and 13 corners are coming to the NovaCare Complex to compete for jobs.
Seven safeties will be in attendance. That means undrafted rookie Reed Blankenship should have an easier path to a possible roster spot than his teammates playing wideout and corner… Or, does it?
In a group of seven safeties, Blankenship might very well be the seventh man, the low man on the totem pole so to speak. There’s a lot to like here. He’s six-foot-one and 204 pounds. He’s versatile.
As a prep athlete at West Limestone High School in Alabama, he was a two-time all-state nod that passed for 1,000 yards, rushed for over 3,000 yards, racked up 1,000 yards as a receiver, and tallied ten interceptions. The NFL is a different animal than college football though, and the problem Reed has is this.
It was hard to find a scenario in which he could make the team before Tartt arrived. Now that he’s here, making the team looks like even more of a possibility than it once did, and with Mayden seemingly having a leg up on Blankenship for a spot on the practice squad, one has to wonder if the former Middle Tennessee State star can even find a home there.
Things can change. For now, however, things seem bleak.