Cornerback. While the addition of Ronald Darby via trade upgraded a position that desperately needed new blood, cornerback could again be the weak spot of the Eagles defense. Darby has speed and decent ball skills, but he regressed last season and was available for a reason. Jalen Mills is entering his second season after a rocky rookie year. Jim Schwartz believes that experience will aid the confident corner opposite Darby, but does Mills have the talent to be consistent throughout the season? Patrick Robinson moved inside to the slot after the Darby trade, but the journeyman veteran has liabilities. Depth is a problem, as well. Rookie Rasul Douglas has potential, but he needs work. C.J. Smith is a nice story, but he wouldn't make many 53-man rosters. The defensive front can help offset the lack of talent at corner with a dominating pass rush, but even that may not be enough.
That would be cornerback. The acquisition of Ronald Darby certainly strengthened this unit. It gives them a legitimate cover corner with the skills to go mano-a-mano against the league's top outside wide receivers. But there still are questions. Their other starting corner, Jalen Mills, is fearless. But he got beat far too often as a rookie and needs to become more consistent. With Darby on the other side, opposing quarterbacks are going to pick on Mills, and he needs to be able to hold up. There also are questions inside. The NFC East has three of the league's best slot receivers in Cole Beasley (Cowboys), Jamison Crowder (Redskins), and Sterling Shepard (Giants). They have moved Patrick Robinson inside, but the jury still is out on him. Safety Malcolm Jenkins probably will drop down into the slot in certain early-down packages.