Reasons for optimism and confidence in the Eagles cornerbacks ahead of Philly's 2023 season

There is talent everywhere on the Eagles' defense, but the cornerbacks may have the most impact on Philadelphia's success.
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The Eagles future looks bright at the cornerback position thanks to some young talent.

Both Slay and James Bradberry helped shut down opposing offenses consistently and were a key part of the Eagles' overall success last season on defense. Thanks to their contributions, Pro Football Focus gave Philly a team coverage grade of 86.6. That ranked fifth in the NFL.

There is concern that the top two players at the cornerback position will be in their thirties at the dawn of the regular season. It is imperative that this coaching staff gets some of the young guys ready. The Birds may be on their way to doing so.

The reserves include Josh Jobe, Eli Ricks, and Keele Ringo. The latter was a fourth-round draft choice. Ringo was a key piece of two title-winning Georgia defenses. He is raw. He has flaws, but the Eagles potentially have a key asset for the future.

Jobe and Ricks, while being undrafted rookie free agents, were highly-touted recruits as high school stars. Both have spent time as members of elite programs. As a trio, during both practices and preseason games, they showcased the ability to produce if called upon.

Ringo struggled at times in the preseason, but he displayed raw coverage ability. That should improve with more coaching. Jobe showed good coverage ability as well. He doesn't get burned, and he looks better than he did last season.

Ricks may have had the best preseason of all the depth corners. The UDFA broke up passes. He hauled in a pick-six touchdown while earning a 90.2 PFF coverage grade thanks to his performances. That is an elite grade for any corner regardless of how long they have been playing.