The past couple of weeks we have been bringing you position previews heading into training camp. Today we have arrived at cornerback: one of the bigger question marks for the Philadelphia Eagles going into the 2014 season. Here’s who we think will start, sit, and miss the final 53 man roster.
Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin
The Eagles return their three starting cornerbacks. Williams and Fletcher were fair last season while Boykin was excellent in the slot. Because Chip Kelly and Billy Davis view the slot corner as a separate position, Boykin is going to remain in that spot. So Williams and Fletcher are the favorites on the outside without Boykin to challenge them.
Williams and Fletcher are what they are. They’re bigger, more physical corners than Philadelphia had in the Andy Reid era, but they’re also not as fast. They’ll perform better against the run, but teams are going to generally throw against this Eagles defense. Williams in particular gets burned frequently and both can struggle with penalties.
Fletcher may actually be the better corner of the two outside starters, but the team views Williams as the better and more consistent one, as Fletcher has dealt with injury issues throughout his NFL career. Carroll could challenge him for the starting spot, but Fletcher likely has enough talent to hold Carroll off if he is healthy at the season’s start.