Eagles' Defense Gets Big Addition Right Before NFL Draft

The Philadelphia Eagles get an unexpected addition to their rotation ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft.
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The Philadelphia Eagles have been looking for upgrades on the defensive side of the ball all offseason. After their defense completely collapsed in the second half of the 2023 season, the Eagles were desperate to bolster their secondary, with many expecting them to target cornerbacks early in the 2024 NFL Draft.

In the meantime, they were waiting for good news from another cornerback. They were hoping that Isaiah Rodgers, who spent last season suspended for violating the league's gambling policy, would make his comeback for the 2024 campaign.

According to Ian Rapoport, the NFL finally reinstated Rodgers, effective immediately. The talented cornerback will now join the Eagles in all team activities.

Eagles News: CB Isaiah Rodgers Reinstated by the NFL

This is a huge boost for the Eagles. Philadelphia had one of the leakiest defensive backfields in the NFL last season, with Darius Slay, and especially James Bradberry showing age-related decline. The depth behind the starters includes Kelee Ringo, Eli Ricks, and Avonte Maddox but lacks a reliable, established defender.

Rodgers could not only become a solid depth option for the Eagles, but he could even start for this team. In his last full season in 2022, Rodgers received an 82.1 defense grade on PFF, allowing a 58.6% completion rate when targeted.

The 26-year-old cornerback was a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. After spending his first three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, he was released by the team following the gambling investigation. Rodgers claims that his bets were placed on behalf of friends and family and showed remorse for his actions.

Let's hope that he manages to revive his career and becomes a key piece for the Eagles' defense under new coordinator Vic Fangio.

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