When the Eagles return from their summer break to open training camp on July 24, there are expected to be 11 cornerbacks reporting, most of whom could make a case for winning a starting job this fall.
That might be generous, but not by much. Undrafted free agents Jomal Wiltz and Randall Goforth are probably more likely to wilt in camp and go forth to their next career opportunities, and second-round draft pick Sidney Jones won’t get back on the field after Achilles tendon surgery until sometime around the September opener. As for the others, however, they are one big bag of cornerbacks and no one has really ripped his way out yet.
“You’d love to see two guys emerge from the ranks, but a lot of these guys are unproven,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said as the team closed its June mini-camp. “You’d like to get that as soon as you can, but it’s been impressive to see the competition. As a coordinator or coach, this might make you feel good about the next guy getting plugged into a situation, as opposed to just having two premier guys and being one injury away from panicking.”
Not that having two premier guys would be a bad thing, and it could be the Eagles have those somewhere in the bag where they are all jostling for position. All that was learned in the spring functions is that it is an athletic, competitive bunch. When the…
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