4. Mario Goodrich
The Avonte Maddox replacement plan didn’t go perfectly in Week 3, but there was a lot to like.
James Bradberry was fine in the slot. Josh Jobe struggled some on the outside, but he won’t be forced to go against the likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin this week. Sydney Brown looked promising in the slot, too, before injuries forced him out (and he’ll be back in action in Week 4).
The worst Maddox replacement so far seems to have been Mario Goodrich when he had the chance in Week 2, and the coaching staff clearly believes it too.
Goodrich was inactive in Week 3 behind Eli Ricks, who was bumped up to the active roster to play special teams.
So with Goodrich not featuring in the slot corner plans and also being on one of the lower rungs of the special teams ladder, where’s the room for him to contribute?
Like we saw last year, replacing Maddox isn’t as simple as being able to trust our “backup” slot corner. The versatility in this Eagles defense lets Sean Desai get creative in how he’s going to fill the hole, and that means Goodrich won’t factor into the plans unless we see more injuries pop up in the secondary.