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Zech McPhearson May Have A New Role In Eagles Defense

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Philadelphia Eagles added a lot of to their secondary this past offseason. One player who seems to have flown under the radar is Zech McPhearson.

When the Eagles drafted Zech McPhearson in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, many pundits saw him as a true slot corner.

The Eagles have had McPhearson work primarily on the outside backing up Darius Slay and James Bradberry.

The Eagles have brought in big corners like Greedy Williams and recent fourth-round pick Kelee Ringo. Both Ringo and Williams are listed at over 6’0″ and have the ability to play on the outside.

Josh Jobe and undrafted free agents Mario Goodrich and Eli Ricks are also players that are better fitted for the outside due to their size and speed.

Starting slot corner Avonte Maddox has played in just 16 games once throughout his entire career due to injuries.

During the recent OTA’s Zech McPhearson was inside as a nickel corner, where he worked during seven-on-seven drills with the first- and second-team defense. 

Having McPhearson backing up at the slot corner, should allow the Eagles to be less worried should Maddox go down with a injury.

Eagles CB Zech McPhearson. Photo courtsey of KATE FRESE/PHILLYVOICE

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