Eagles Taking Perfect Approach to Cooper DeJean’s Early Workload

The Philadelphia Eagles have a clear plan ahead for CB Cooper DeJean.
Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa defensive back Cooper Dejean (DB06) talks to the media
Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa defensive back Cooper Dejean (DB06) talks to the media / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

No team had a better off-season than the Philadelphia Eagles. After flaming out in the Wild Card Round after a 10-1 start, GM Howie Roseman aggressively made moves to improve the roster.

It started in free agency by inking marquee free agents in Saquon Barkley and Bryce Huff. That continued down to the NFL Draft. With their first two selections in last month's draft, the Eagles drafted CB Quinyon Mitchell and CB Cooper DeJean.

There was a clear need to address the position with two aging players on the backend in Darius Slay (33) and James Bradberry (30).

Heading into the 2024 season, the Eagles have laid out a clear plan for DeJean and it's the right approach.

Eagles News: Philadelphia Plan To Play Cooper DeJean on the Outside

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler dropped an article (subscription needed) on some draft intel from all 32 teams in the league.

Fowler dropped a nugget on where the Eagles plan to play DeJean, saying, "The Eagles found additional defensive value beyond DeJean. They will likely start him on the outside and see what he can handle from there, and are cognizant of giving him too many responsibilities too early, despite his versatility."

This is the right approach as DeJean is heading into his rookie campaign. The former Iowa standout is known for being extremely versatile. He could line up on the outside, in the slot, and even at safety if needed.

Across his three-year career at Iowa, he logged 1,192 snaps at outside corner, 163 snaps in the slot, and 116 snaps at box safety.

Even though he can play all three spots, allowing him to play just one position in his rookie year as he gets used to the NFL is the right plan.

Moving a player around too much doesn't allow him to develop in one key area, which could be a problem down the line.

The Eagles want to avoid that and have DeJean focus on one area in 2024.

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