NFL reinstatement paves way for needed boost to Eagles’ secondary and return game

The NFL finally reinstates Isaiah Rodgers, and that could be good news for the Eagles' secondary and special teams unit.
Isaiah Rodgers Sr. (34), Philadelphia Eagles
Isaiah Rodgers Sr. (34), Philadelphia Eagles / Armond Feffer/IndyStar / USA TODAY

Less than a week after being ignored during the announcement of several NFL reinstatements, Isaiah Rodgers is back in business as a full member of the Philadelphia Eagles roster.

League offices have made their decision about his future. He has been granted permission to resume his football career after being suspended from pro football last season for violating the NFL's policy on gambling. 

We probably shouldn't comment on matters like these but we will anyway. It's about doggone time.

Isaiah Rodgers could provide a needed boost to the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary and return game.

Rodgers' reinstatement comes at a good time. Philly's secondary had its challenges in 2023, and that's putting things nicely. Hence the recent discussion that surrounds theories stating Philly might take a corner in the first round of the NFL Draft for the first time in 22 years.

Philly signed him on August 28, 2023, knowing full well that they'd be without his services for at minimum, the most recent pro football season. As expected, Rodgers didn't suit up for a single game in 2023. That would have again been the scenario in 2024, but being removed from Philly's Reserve/Suspended by the Commissioner list means he can return to work in a full capacity when the Birds meet again for Phase 2 of their offseason workouts.

Currently, on the preseason roster, there are 12 listed cornerbacks: Rodgers, Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Kelee Ringo, Zech McPhearson, Eli Ricks, Mekhi Garner, Mario Goodrich, Tyler Hall, Josh Jobe, and Tiawan Mullen.

Many believe his chances of making Philly's roster are high as he provides insurance as both a cover man and a return specialist.  His versatility should serve him well if he's anything like the player we remember who suited up for the Indianapolis Colts.

Don't forget about the fact that he was a member of the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2020, and he has stacked more than 1,600 return yards during his career.

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