Potential of Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas reminding Philadelphia Eagles of previous CB duo, getting to know rookies and more
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It’s no secret the Eagles needed help at cornerback this offseason, and the Birds addressed it last month by selecting Washington’s Sidney Jones and West Virginia’s Rasul Douglas with two of their first three picks in the NFL draft. The team also did that in 2002 and landed a pair of cornerstone talents in the secondary in Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown. The new duo is already being pegged as having a similar potential as the old duo.
It won’t be apparent early in their careers – Jones is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon that could sideline for him for the 2017 season – but patience was needed for Sheppard and Brown, too.
Douglas has a chance to be an early starter if he stands out on an undistinguished depth chart this summer. Jones demonstrated the talent at Washington to be a Day 1 NFL starter before his injury, and he could still be a longtime starter for the Eagles if he fully recovers.
Now, they just hope Jones and Douglas will become as productive as Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown once were.
And it might start with having that same type of close relationship.
Upon their arrival to Philadelphia for rookie minicamp last week, Jones and Douglas picked up where they left off, growing their relationship. Obviously, Jones has been relegated to a spectator, but that just means they have different roles for now.
Their budding friendship might end up being important for the growth of each individual.
It’s high praise and expectations for two young rookies, but the Eagles need Jones and Douglas to be successful. The secondary was barren this offseason, and now there’s hope at the position. The Eagles have had other successful cornerback duos before — Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent come to mind — they just need Jones and Douglas to show they can be NFL players.
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