Report: CB William Jackson III to work out for Eagles
Veteran cornerback William Jackson III will work out for the Eagles today, veteran NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports.
Schultz suggested via Twitter that Jackson is fully healthy after missing all but four games last season with a bulging disk in his back last year.
Jackson was in camp this summer with the Giants after spending the past two seasons with Washington and his first five seasons with the Bengals.
The 30-year-old former first-round pick signed a three-year, $42 million contract with $26 million guaranteed with Washington at the start of 2021.
With a Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night, general manager Howie Roseman may look to upgrade the unit and could be looking to add a veteran presence to their cornerback room after learning that Avonte Maddox will likely miss the season with a torn pec.
"We feel like we have good options in-house to be able to move forward," Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said on Monday. "That’s why we cross-train people, whether that's a corner, a safety, whether that's the guys that play nickel."
"So, we feel like we have good in-house options there."
Last week they replaced Maddox with Mario Goodrich in the slot with Josh Jobe playing on the outside with James Bradberry out with a concussion.
"I thought they did some nice things," Siriann said about Goodrich and Jobe. "Again, they're coming in for the most extensive play they've had as professional football players. We were pleased with some of the things that they did. We all have things to improve, and they have things to improve."
"Our confidence level is high with both of those guys, and we're excited for their opportunities as we go."
Other options we discussed on The Sports Bash include moving Justin Evans, who played in the slot in New Orleans, or looking at some of their other younger players at the position.
James Bradberry has worked at both cornerback spots back in training camp but is a long shot to play in the slot.
"that's kind of something I don't want to say quite yet, obviously just because I think there is a mystery of unknown that their slot receivers will have to prepare for," Sirianni said. "I will say we feel like we have really good options there."
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