Exploring Philadelphia Eagles’ Options at Nickel Cornerback

August 11, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After the Philadelphia Eagles traded Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers, sixth-round rookie JaCorey Shepherd was built up as the potential replacement at nickel cornerback. And now that Shepherd is out for the season with a torn ACL, it might seem as though the organization is caught with its pants down.
But the Eagles didn't feel they were in a position to move Boykin simply due to Shepherd. Quite the contrary. Boykin was dealt because the team had become overwhelmingly deep at corner this offseason and, one way or another, would have to part with some of that talent.
In other words, while it's a shame Shepherd will not have that opportunity to seize the role of slot specialist in 2015, it's not as if there are not other alternatives. In fact, the Eagles have amassed no shortage of options to take over that job—it's simply a matter of choosing the right one.
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