6 Eagles Defenders on Thin Ice After Vic Fangio Hiring

A new defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles could put pressure on these 6 defensive players

Nov 5, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24)
Nov 5, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback James Bradberry (24) / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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5. Kelee Ringo, CB

There’s no denying the Eagles have a preference. When it comes to making draft picks, they go to the University of Georgia early and often. Players such as Jalen Carter, Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean, and even D’Andre Swift (whom they added in a draft day trade last year) all played for the Bulldogs. Most have been hits but that’s not always the case.

One example of a former UGA star not panning out with Philadelphia just yet is Kelee Ringo. Now, to be fair, this is a player who was supposed to be in Day 2 consideration but fell to the fourth round in 2023. However, the Eagles still hoped he could develop into a trusted cornerback on the outside.

We’re far from claiming he’s a bust after appearing in 17 games and recording 21 tackles, one pick, and one sack. That’s actually solid for a Day 3 selection. The concern is that the secondary as a whole was a mess all year and Ringo still was unable to take over any position.

Looking ahead, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see Fangio allow Ringo to compete for more time. He also might try and get some of the underperforming veterans out of the way. If so, that could be a huge opportunity for Ringo. It could also be a slippery slope should he not be ready for more in year two.