By Peter Gleason

Once the Eagles come to training camp, the best competition will undoubtedly be:

Avonte Maddox vs. Sidney Jones at outside cornerback

The Eagles put in work in their secondary this offseason, bringing in several high-level players like Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman, along with a draft prospect PFF liked in K’Von Wallace.

Their second outside cornerback spot is still a little up in the air, though, with the two major players being Maddox and Jones. Maddox has the edge in experience (1,248 defensive snaps compared to Jones’ 643) and has graded out slightly better (55.9 compared to Jones’ 53.0). That should give him the leg up in the competition.

Name to watch: Davion Taylor

Taylor is someone who landed as PFF data scientist Eric Eager’s “my guy” for the 2020 NFL Draft after testing well at the Scouting Combine and projecting well from the college to the pros as both a blitzer and a coverage defender at the position. There are no sure bets at linebacker in Philadelphia, so Taylor cracking the starting lineup after being selected in the third round would not come as a surprise.

Here’s the projected starting 22:


QB: Carson Wentz

RB: Miles Sanders

WR: Alshon Jeffery

WR: Desean Jackson

TE: Zach Ertz

TE: Dallas Goedert

LT: Andre Dillard

LG: Isaac Seumalo

C: Jason Kelce

RG: Brandon Brooks

RT: Lane Johnson


DI: Fletcher Cox

DI: Javon Hargrave

EDGE: Brandon Graham

EDGE: Derek Barnett

LB: Nate Gerry

LB: T.J. Edwards

CB: Darius Slay

CB: Avonte Maddox

CB: Nickell Robey-Coleman

S: Rodney McLeod

S: K’Von Wallace