Updated: Jun 7
These are exciting times to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan. The signing of James Bradberry gave the team new levels of hope for the 2022 season, as the cornerback will form a strong duo with Darius Slay to protect opposing teams from having success attacking the defense through the air. Resigning Anthony Harris to play as safety was also a great move by Howie Roseman.
The problem for the Eagles' defense, though, is that there's not much else depth to go alongside the strong starting players that they have. Slay, Bradberry and Harris are all above-average in their respective positions, and Avonte Maddox is a nice player who has enough versatility to play in both cornerback and safety positions. Apart from that, though, it's anyone's guess.
In the cornerback room, the first two backups who should earn a roster spot are Zech McPhearson and Craig James, who've been with the Eagles for at least a season now. Not only do they know the defensive system, but they also impressed last year during OTAs and training camp, so their situations within the team should be safe now. The thing is: it's easy to do in practice, but live games are a different bread.
The safety position is a bigger concern. Harris is a locked starter, but who's playing alongside him? Will K'Von Wallace finally step onto the job or will he again be relegated to a backup role once again? Marcus Epps, the presumed starter alongside Harris, isn't good enough, hence the Eagles going after Tyrann Mathieu before he signed with the Saints.
There's a lot of talent on the Eagles' roster, but there are still holes to be fixed as well.