Eagles Rolling with Three Corners vs Bears
It appears the Eagles defense will have just three active cornerbacks in when they face the Bears on Monday night.
With Leodis McKelvin ruled out with a hamstring injury, the Eagles will roll out Nolan Carroll, Ron Brooks and Jalen Watkins.
"Just going in with the three," stated Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who says he fine with that.
"We feel comfortable where we are at right now," Pederson explained.
"Obviously with the addition of [Terrence] Brooks at safety and the ability to shuffle some guys around back there and move some guys that have played some nickel spots before, [we’re] comfortable with where we are."
Last Sunday’s season opener against the Browns brought a mixed bag for Philadelphia's secondary. There were positives to take away, such as McKelvin's first interception and Watkins play once McKelvin left the game with an injury, but the unit looked lost on one particular play that featured three Eagle defenders beat by one Browns receiver.
With McKelvin out, Ron Brooks will start opposite Nolan Carroll with Watkins coming in on Nickle and dime situations, but both will see plenty of action against the talented Bears receiving core that features Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White and slot-man Eddie Royal.
"I think it's a combination of both," Pederson said. "But you know, [we’re] very comfortable if Jalen were to start out there. Obviously if Ron were to start out there, [we] could move Jalen inside and vice versa."
"So there are some combinations that we can play with throughout the week to see which one is the best fit. But we’re very comfortable if Jalen has to go out there and play corner.
The birds can also use Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod in the slot if needed.
"You’ve got Malcolm who is very versatile there," said Pederson. "Rodney McLeod has played a little bit. So we’ve got some piece that have played in those positions in the past.
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