Jalen Mills appears set to be Eagles starter in 2017

Departures from the Philadelphia defense this offseason leave Mills atop the team's depth chart.

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Jalen Mills appears set to be Eagles starter in 2017


  • 2016 starting Eagles’ cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and Leodis McKelvin departed this offseason, leaving sophomore Jalen Mills (663 snaps as a rookie) atop the depth chart.
  • ESPN Eagles reporter Tim McManus is projecting Mills to be a starter on the Eagles’ defense this upcoming season.
  • As a rookie seventh-round pick in 2016, the former LSU Tiger predictably struggled. He was PFF’s lowest-graded cornerback last season (34.5 overall) while allowing a catch for every 7.1 coverage snaps (ranking 112th out of 117 qualifiers).
  • Despite his rookie bumps, Philadelphia’s coaching staff have admired the resilience of their seventh-round corner. After allowing a first-down reception, Mills allowed a catch on 20 of 31 passes subsequently, giving up only eight first downs and no scores.
  • Mills did show some bright spots in 2016, defending four passes and only allowing one touchdown in primary coverage.
  • It was a minority of major mistakes that wrecked his rookie season. Mills at least showed flashes within games, frequently responding down the stretch.
  • The Eagles are bullish on their young pass defender, and believe he will take a big step forward in 2017.

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  • crosseyedlemon

    You gotta love it when a guy drafted 233rd can prove the scouts wrong. Mills joins Captain Munnerlyn as another 7th rounder who was badly underrated.

    • Will Steele Sr.

      Mills went that far for off field issues

      • bobbydigits88

        How far tho. Randy moss dropped like 16 spots for off the field stuff.

        • Will Steele Sr.

          But did Randy Moss beat his girl up? OR allegedly lol. But na he had a DV case

  • Bob

    He has the ego to play CB but unfortunately he does not have the speed. Too slow and got toasted a number of times last year. Not sure he can or should be a starter on outside. Bravado isn’t enough to earn a starter’s role if you can’t keep up with the WR

    • bobbydigits88

      He let up 1 td

      • Bob

        I watched every game…he let up a number of long plays too. He is not fast enough to keep up with these top WR’s as an outside guy.

    • William Taylor

      Youre right, he is physical enough but lacks top speed.

  • Will Defence Win Championship

    31 = TOAST…boy do the birds need help at the CB spots yet again…