When the Eagles traded cornerback Brandon Boykin, coach Chip Kelly said the decision was a reflection of the team’s depth at the position. Now that depth is going to be tested.
Rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd tore his ACL over the weekend, the Eagles have confirmed, and now the team is suddenly scrambling to decide who will play the slot corner position.
But the Eagles still think they have good depth there. Byron Maxwell is locked in as the starter at right cornerback, and on the left side rookie second-round pick Eric Rowe appears to be the starter. That would allow veteran Nolan Carroll to take the slot job. The Eagles also think Walter Thurmond and Jaylen Watkins, both of whom are listed at safety, can play nickel cornerback.
So the injury to Shepherd will not be devastating to the Eagles’ defense. But it does raise the question of whether Kelly still would have traded Boykin, had he known he was about to lose the rookie who had been penciled in as Boykin’s replacement.