The Eagles are Tapping into Familiar Faced Defensemen
24 August 2020 Philadelphia Eagles
CB Trevor Williams
The Eagles have re-signed Trevor Williams after cutting him in on July 21 of this year. Williams was signed to a reserves/futures deal with the Birds in January of 2020 after appearing in just two games with the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 season. Williams is just a mere 26 years old, and has tons of untapped potential. He was a former UDFA out of Penn State and played his first three seasons with the Chargers.
Williams’ most successful season with LAC came in 2017 when he appeared in all 16 games while starting in 15 of them. He finished the year with 54 total tackles, 13 passes defended, and a pair of interceptions. Williams, alongside Casey Hayward, helped lead the Chargers to end the season as the NFL’s third best pass defense.
Williams also graded out as the league’s 10th best CB according to Pro Football Focus that year. However, he has been on a decline since. and it all started with an ankle injury that came just before the start of the 2018 pre-season. Since then, Williams has not been the same but the Eagles front office believes that he can return to his former self, especially with the depth and youth of the current secondary.
The Eagles now have a CB room made up of Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Craig James, and newly re-signed Trevor Williams. With Sidney Jones missing his fifth consecutvie day of practice, Maddox is slowly becoming the favorite for the CB2 spot. However, the addition of Williams could shake things up, and help maximize the effort and play out of the corners, in hopes of finding the true starter opposite of Darius Slay.
Torrone “T.Y.” McGill Jr.
It has been reported by NFL Draft Diamonds that the Eagles are looking into bringing back another former defenseman in T.Y. McGill. He had left his Detroit Lions workout early to fly to Philadelphia, and is now expected to sign with the Eagles.
The Birds claimed McGill off of waivers in early October of the 2018 season, but he failed to pass his physical and was waived just two days after. He was then re-signed by the Eagles on November 6, 2018 and played in two games before being waived once again on November 20, 2018. At the age of 27, McGill has yet to have a NFL start under his belt, and he has been a member of eight organizations to date. His best statistical year came in 2016 with the Colts where he played in 13 games and finished the season with two tackles for loss and two sacks.
McGill began his career as an UDFA in Seattle, and has yet to find a solidified spot on an NFL team. This possible Eagles roster move comes just a few days after the announcement of an injury to newly signed DT Javon Hargrave. McGill has played in just seven games combined over the last two seasons, and he won’t be as much of a contributor as a new signee like Trevor Williams, but he will add some depth to the Eagles front four.
I don’t expect him to be on the 53-man roster throughout the entirety of the season, but he will contribute enough to keep him around for the time being.