Eagles 53-Man Roster: Who survives the battle at Cornerback?

LANDOVER, MD – JANUARY 02: Eagles cornerback Darius Slay (2) waits for the game to start during the Philadelphia Eagles versus Washington Football Team National Football League game at FedEx Field on January 2, 2022 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

One of the biggest questions that surround NFL training camp is who eventually makes the final 53-man roster. With Eagles camp just about two weeks away, it’s time to speculate who will make the final cut and be a part of the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles.

Today, we look at who stays and who goes with the corner group. As of right now we have 41 current players on the roster, and the Eagles kept five last season. I think it’s more of the same this year.

Cornerbacks currently on the roster

Josh Blackwell, James Bradberry, Mario Goodrich, Tay Gowan, Josh Jobe, Avonte Maddox, Mac McCain III, Zech McPhearson, Jimmy Moreland, Josiah Scott, Darius Slay, Kary Vincent

Cornerbacks predicted to be on 53-man Roster

Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Mario Goodrich

While the starting positions are all but locked up, the backup position battle at corner is going to be very intriguing in training camp. Maddox, Slay, and Bradberry make up one of the more solid starting corner groups the team has had over the last few years.

But there is plenty of competition for the other two roster spots as well. Zech McPhearson, Tay Gowan, and Josiah Scott all have experience within Jonathan Gannon’s system. A strong camp from one or both will likely see them make the team. The Eagles are high on McPhearson being a mid-round selection from last year’s draft so it’s understandable if he’s more of a lock than others.

Mario Goodrich and Josh Jobe are undrafted free agents from power five schools. Both have good size but lingering issues that caused them to be passed over in the draft. Neither corner has top speed but pairing them with Jonathan Gannon’s defense could be the perfect system for them. I like both of these players and can see one of them making the team when final cutdowns are made.

Kary Vincent played sparingly in the Eagles season finale against the Cowboys. Like many young corners, the Eagles are high on their development. I could absolutely see the team carrying six corners on the roster and only three safeties, but that will also be based on how well the safeties look in camp.

If K’Von Wallace and other backups struggle, it would not be surprising to see six corners staying when final cuts are made.

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