Eagles Bring In Veteran CB Scandrick
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles are banged-up at the cornerback position and that has led to the organization adding a second reinforcement in two days, this time a more-season option in 32-year-old veteran Orlando Scandrick.
A long-time member of the Dallas Cowboys, Scandrick spent last season in Kansas City with Andy Reid and was relatively effective, grading out as the No. 41 of the 125 qualifying corners by ProFootballFocus.com.
Philadelphia is without three of its top six corners early in camp after Cre'Von LeBlanc suffered a foot sprain that had him in a walking boot and in a roll-about in the NovaCare Complex on Saturday.
The 2018 starting corners -- Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby also aren't available to Jim Schwartz right now with Mills starting camp on the PUP list while he continues to recover from foot surgery and Darby limited to individual drills while continuing to rehab his torn ACL.
To date, Avonte Maddox and Sidney Jones have split days at left cornerback and in the slot while Rasul Douglas has been holding down the RC spot. LeBlanc was the second-team slot before gong down and Schwartz used a lot of big nickel on Saturday with Malcolm Jenkins getting slot work.
The Eagles claimed CB Alex Brown off waivers from San Francisco on Friday and he got his feet wet on Saturday, playing with the third-team, while Josh Hawkins, typically an outside corner, also got work in the slot.
Scandrick spent his first nine NFL seasons in Dallas and has produced over the years with 76 passes defensed, nine interceptions and 11 1/2 sacks. He had visited Minnesota earlier in the week, a team that has been kicking the tires of available CBs because Mike Hughes started the Vikings camp on the PUP list as he continues rehab from a torn ACL and Holton Hill has been suspended for the first eight games.
To make room for Scandrick on the 90-man roster the Eagles waived undrafted rookie defensive tackle Anthony Rush.
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