Second-year Eagles who may be left off Philadelphia’s 53-man roster

Patrick Johnson #48, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Tay Gowan, Philadelphia Eagles
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. Tay Gowan, cornerback. . player. 54. .

Tay Gowan and Mac McCain have a tough hill to climb in an Eagles cornerback room that is truly overcrowded.

When July 26th arrives, and the Eagles eventually begin practicing, 13 cornerbacks will be on the field. We know, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that three won’t have to do anything to make the team: Darius Slay, James Bradberry, and Avonte Maddox.

Quick math studies won’t have to do much to deduce that ten guys are competing for three spots on the 53-man roster. Maybe Zech McPhearson and Craig James have the best shots at being the next men up. Maybe they don’t, but here’s where we all can agree.

Tay Gowan, Jimmy Moreland, Mac McCain III, Josiah Scott, and Kary Vincent Jr. have a lot to think about.

Mac Mccain III, cornerback. . player. 54. . .

We can argue all day about how Mac McCain should be rated when stacked versus his teammates. None of us will know how right we are until these guys get on the field, but if we were forced to make guesses right now, we’d all place McCain and Gowan in the third tier with Moreland, Scott, and Vincent, right? Wouldn’t we place McPhearson and James ahead of them?

There’s also this to consider. The Eagles landed three talented undrafted rookies: Mario Goodrich, Josh Blackwell, and Josh Jobe. All are looking to sneak onto the roster. They all got three-year deals worth $2.57 with $217,000, $137,500, and $135,000 guaranteed respectively.

That’s something to think about as we move through camp, and when we can’t guarantee that any of those guys are better or worse than the guys who are already on the bubble, we can expect this positional competition to get intense.