The Eagles’ phenomenal cornerback duo of James Bradberry and Darius Slay face a gauntlet during the 2023-2024 regular season.
Once the curtain was drawn on the Philadelphia Eagles‘ most recent NFL season, we knew that there would be changes, and even though there were, one of the offseason headlines that has surprised everyone involves Howie Roseman’s ability to keep much of the veteran core together.
Philly’s starting cornerback duo, one featuring Darius Slay and James Bradberry, is seen as being one of the game’s best. The only issue here is they’re getting a little older. Still, whenever we begin discussing last year’s top-ranked defensive unit versus the pass, it doesn’t take long to bring their names up, and if Philly is to make another deep playoff run. this year, Bradberry and Slay are going to have to turn the clock back.
The Eagles’ regular season begins with a bang in September
Philadelphia’s first two games are played in five days. Then, there’s a ten-day break before they close September out with one versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Week 1 – at Patriots (JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeVante Parker)
JuJu Smith certainly hasn’t endeared himself to James Bradberry or Eagles fans. Throw in a road game versus the New England Patriots. Throw in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady Appreciation Day, and this one is loaded with subplots. Oh and by the way, this is Philadelphia’s regular-season opener, and they’ll want to begin things with a bang.
Week 2 – Vikings (Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison)
Juston Jefferson is a monster and the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Darius Slay kept him in check the last time these two teams met. That was ironically a primetime Week 2 matchup last September. Can Philly deliver another dominating defensive performance?
Week 3 – at Buccaneers (Mike Evans, Russell Gage)
Mike Evans enters his tenth NFL season, and it appears, if he tacks one or two more Pro Bowl nods on his resume, he’ll be a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Russell Gage caught 51 passes and reached the end zone five times last season. The uber-talented Chris Godwin figures to line up in the slot.