The Philadelphia Eagles have five cornerbacks who are primed to make the roster, and the position has more depth than last season.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ struggles came mostly from their pass defense, but the cornerbacks were not responsible for the most part.
Cary Williams was inconsistent, but he performed solidly otherwise, finishing with 67 tackles and three interceptions.
Bradley Fletcher was decent, but he has a difficult time staying healthy. In his five-year career, the cornerback has only played a full season twice. This may make him expendable. When healthy, his coverage is decent, but his run defense is terrible.
Brandon Boykin proved to be the Eagles’ most reliable cornerback, excelling in the nickel position. Boykin was arguably the best nickel corner in the NFL as he finished with six interceptions. His coverage was fantastic, but his run defense is in need of improvement.
The depth at cornerback was thin last season, so the Eagles elected to sign Nolan Carroll to a two-year contract. The former Dolphin has shined in the Eagles’ training camp so far, so he sneak his way into a starting role.
Rookie Jaylen Watkins will undoubtedly make the roster as well after being drafted in the fourth round. The ex-Florida Gator will take on a developmental role in his rookie season and provide quality depth.
The Eagles are not expected to keep more than five cornerbacks, but they are making every spot count since all four of their veterans have plenty of experience, and Watkins will benefit from learning on the bench.