Nickell Robey-Coleman: 3 things to know about Eagles new CB

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 25, 2020 - 1:15 pm

The Eagles have made another move in their secondary, signing cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman to a one-year deal, according to an ESPN report. 

Robey-Coleman, 28-years old, has been in the NFL for seven seasons, spending four seasons with the Buffalo Bills and three with the Los Angeles Rams. He has totaled 234 tackles, six interceptions and 48 pass deflections. 

Details of the contract are not yet known. 

Here are three things to know about the Eagles’ newest cornerback: 

*** Robey-Coleman has been a nickel corner throughout his entire career. He had a very solid year for the Rams last year, allowing only 32 catches in 431 coverage snaps, and just one touchdown. He has a history with Jim Schwartz, as the two were both in Buffalo during the 2014 season. 

*** Robey-Coleman was used slightly more as a blitzed from the nickel position last season than he was the year before, going after the quarterback four times in 2019 as opposed to none in 2018. It is unlikely the Eagles will use him as a blitzer a ton, but he does have good speed for a cornerback and could be an interesting piece for Jim Schwartz to use in a number of different ways. 

*** What is the Eagles plan at nickel cornerback? They tried to sign Chris Harris Jr., and when that fell through, they have now brought in Robey-Coleman. The fact they are focusing on the nickel position is interesting because it seems to be the one position where they are deep in the secondary with both Cre’von LeBlanc and Avonte Maddox. It is unlikely Robey-Coleman would have come to Philadelphia if he was going to be a backup. The Eagles wouldn’t have gone after Harris Jr. or signed Robey-Coleman is they were confident in both LeBlanc and Maddox. Signs seem to be pointing to Maddox making a permanent move to the outside. 

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