CB Ronald Darby jumps to top of Eagles' depth chart

Monday, 14 Aug, 2017

But during training camp with the Bills before the trade, Darby had been playing on the right side. It is important to get this turn right because the way the National Football League is these days, they like to attack regularly with three wide receivers and, more and more, four-receiver sets.

During the 7-on-7 portion of practice, Darby lined up 1-on-1 against Alshon Jeffery.

It's a move that shocked Wentz, who is quite close with Matthews. Wentz led the offense like a veteran on that initial drive and it showed the play-making ability of this Eagles offense that could be among the best in the league.

In addition to the injury updates McDermott provided before practice, cornerback Shareece Wright left the field early Sunday with a trainer and didn't return. And since the Eagles play three or more defensive backs at least 70 percent of the time, it means they have a chance by next season to unveil a strong group. Matthews saw time with the first and second teams during his first practice, more so with the second team. So we have been taking a look at all 32 clubs (in original 2017 draft order) and doing a little analysis.

Schwartz didn't rule out the possibility that he would use Darby as a shut-down corner, though he did stress that it would depend on things like size, speed and scheme will be factored in. But it's too soon for Schwartz to make that determination.

"My goal right now is to come in, learn from the vets like (Malcolm) Jenkins, and learn the playbook", Darby said.

"Me just coming in and trying to figure everything out". Pro Football Focus had Darby as their 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year. I do a lot of extra stuff to make sure I'm ready to go.

Darby, 23, is intriguing, though.

"You'd have to ask someone else on that", Schwartz responded Sunday. "We're glad to have him here". There's really no other way to put it. Schwartz pointed out how Robinson did it in New Orleans, San Diego, and Indianapolis, which is why the Eagles tried him there on Saturday. He's an outside player for the most part.

Opinions on the deal will be understandably split, but the Eagles traded for a position of need and gave up a third-rounder and what they feel is a surplus player they won't be signing longterm.

"He played good", said Mills. "We've got a lot of ground to cover before then". That may not please Eagles fans who are used to the Agholor who on fourth-and-one running the jet sweep, loses one yard.

The safety lineup looks like this: Jenkins, McLeod, Graham, and Chris Maragos.

Which is why it can't be understated that Friday's trade also signified the team's belief that Wentz's impressive preseason in another indication that he's quickly ascending into the special franchise quarterback that the Eagles expect him to become soon.