After watching Jaquiski Tartt turn in the highest-graded performance of any defensive player on their team against the Cleveland Browns, according to PFF, the Philadelphia Eagles have to feel much better about their safety depth moving forward.
With Marcus Epps and Anthony Harris locked in at the starting free and strong safety spots, respectively- or vice versa – Josiah Scott fully cross-trained as a hybrid safety slot for more pass-heavy subpackages, and Ross Blankenship competing for a bottom-of-the-roster spot with Andre Chachere, the Eagles don’t exactly have an elite collection of talent at the back end of their defense, but it should prove good enough for Jonathan Gannon to run the defense he wants, especially with upgrades at cornerback and linebacker.
And yet, just because the safety unit looks much better than a week prior doesn’t mean it can’t be upgraded a bit more heading into the preseason finale.
Two recently released safeties the Philadelphia Eagles should pursue.
With more than 150 players suddenly released thanks to the NFL’s trimdown schedule, there are a number of intriguing options who could check the “one team’s trash is another team’s treasure” box for a general manager looking for some last-minute upgrades, including a few who play safety.
With a week to figure things out and 60 more minutes of preseason football on the books, why not sign up another defensive back, give them a proper go at it, and at worst give them a jumpstart on learning the playbook ahead of a spot on the practice squad? For the low-low price of releasing one more players, signing one of these two safeties is a risk worth taking.