Even though they allowed more yards in the air than any other defense in 2013, the Eagles did very little to change the core of their secondary this offseason. Free-agent safety Malcolm Jenkins was signed, in essence, to replace Patrick Chung, but the other starters or those near the top of the depth chart entering spring practices will return. A few second-tier free agents were added for competition and special teams, and the Eagles waited until the fourth and fifth rounds before selecting cornerback-safety Jaylen Watkins and safety Ed Reynolds. The Eagles will get their first on-field look at Watkins and Reynolds, along with the rest of the Class of 2014, when rookie camp begins Friday and ends Sunday at the NovaCare Complex. Full-squad organized team activities will begin May 27. So it will be a few weeks before Watkins and Reynolds get an opportunity to stack up against the competition. Watkins will start off at cornerback, even though he played some safety at Florida and is projected to play that position in the NFL. "I think for a young player starting a career, it's hard to go back between two positions," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said last week. "We wanted to have a plan with him, and the plan early on was to go in, play the corner position. He's very comfortable there, and then we'll see."
Defensive backs center stage at Eagles rookie camp
Philly.com | May 16