4 veteran Philadelphia Eagles skating on thin ice entering training camp

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Zech McPhearson #27, Philadelphia Eagles
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27. player. 54. . . . Zech McPhearson, cornerback

Zech McPhearson isn’t guaranteed anything with this Philadelphia Eagles team.

The Eagles have a ton of bodies at the cornerback position, but outside of knowing that James Bradberry and Darius Slay will start on the outside with Avonte Maddox holding serve in the slot, we don’t have any definite answers.

The conventional theory would be to assume that, when the Birds introduce their 53-man roster at the beginning of September, six cornerbacks will be on the depth chart. That means Josh Blackwell, Kary Vincent Jr., Josiah Scott, Mario Goodrich, Tay Gowan, Jimmy Moreland, Craig James, Josh Jobe, Mac McCain III, and Zech McPhearson are all in a battle for three roster spots.

McPhearson, a fourth-round draft choice by the Eagles in 2021, figures to be one of the favorites to make the roster right now, but his draft status, if we’re being honest, might be the only reason we’re saying that.

Sure, he got on the field from time to time in 2021. Still, though he never made any unforgivable mistakes, he didn’t exactly prove that we should believe he’s 100 percent safe in 2022.

He appeared in 16 games and made one start, playing 179 defensive snaps and another 325 on special teams, roughly 17% and 77% of the totals in both categories respectively, but no one should be surprised if he makes the team as one of the top six guys on the depth chart or if he’s beaten out and winds up as a member of the practice squad.

Truthfully, that’s a scenario that could play out for several of the guys in the secondary.