6 Philadelphia Eagles who could see increased roles in 2024

Some of the young Eagles are going to have to step up in 2024. Fingers are crossed.

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Isaiah Rodgers & Kelee Ringo, cornerbacks

One of the most-asked questions ahead of the most recent Eagles season was whether or not it was wise for Philly to field two starting outside cornerbacks over the age of 30. Both Darius Slay and James Bradberry missed time because of injury. Slay played well for the most part. Bradberry, a 2022 All-Pro, did not.

James only missed one game, but both, at times, looked like they needed days off when they were out there. We won't even get into all the issues that came with injuries at the slot corner position.

Here's the good news. Philly stashed Isaiah Rodgers on the roster, and if he's anything like the guy we remember who played for the Indianapolis Colts pre-suspension, he'll make an immediate impact. He's also a very good kick returner who could provide help on special teams.

Kelee Ringo, when given his shot, proved he could play at the NFL level (once we got past that facemask/pass interference penalty on national television). He's raw. He still needs to be coached up, understandably so, but Philly most certainly has something here that they can work with.

Tristin McCollum, defensive back

We like Reed Blankenship, but he can't cover. We were excited about the Kevin Byard addition, but he isn't what he once was. It also makes contractual sense for Philly to move on.

Sydney Brown, like Reed, is exciting, but he also struggles in coverage. He also figures to miss time early next season because of the torn ACL he suffered in the regular-season finale versus the New York Giants. Enter Tristin McCollum.

The six-foot-three defensive back is long and rangy. He enjoyed a very nice training camp but was released during final roster cuts and was signed to the Eagles practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster and appeared in four games including Philadelphia's lone playoff game.

He played mostly on special teams. He saw 29 defensive snaps and 59 more for Michael Clay's unit.
Six tackles were the results of his efforts. Don't be surprised if you see more of him next season, especially while the Birds are waiting on Brown's return.

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