Byron Maxwell was atrocious against the Atlanta Falcons and his nonchalant attitude postgame only made matters worse. Even with the performance, one that has many Eagle fans ready to call him a “bust,” there are bigger concerns moving forward with this the secondary.
For all of the additions that were made in the offseason to improve at cornerback and safety, the roster decisions since that time have weakened the overall depth at the position group.
Unlike Monday night against the Falcons, the Eagles will not be able to rely on two cornerbacks and two safeties to get the job done on a weekly basis. The NFL is a passing league, and there needs to be contribution from players who were given a spot on the final 53 man roster.
Special team standout Chris Maragos took snaps at safety Monday night to allow for the starting safeties to play the nickel cornerback role. This ultimately translates into Chip Kelly not trusting his third, fourth and fifth cornerback to handle the nickel cornerback role.
What is troubling to understand is why a guy like EJ Biggers who has actually started at safety in the NFL isn’t being used instead of Maragos. Let me make something clear, whether it’s Maragos or Biggers, both are guys I personally don’t care for minus special team contribution. Until Eric Rowe is ready to contribute, options are slim, and Biggers may need to play a bigger role then what fans would like to see.
I like the Eagles starting four with the secondary, but with Eric Row not ready to contribute at the moment, there really isn’t another guy I’m comfortable seeing. When the decision to trade a guy like Boykins and release Watkins is made because there is confidence with other players on your roster.
How does the actions taken on Monday by Chip Kelly and Billy Davis support that theory?