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Who will Douglas steal from Eagles and bring to Jets?

Eliot Shorr-Parks
June 08, 2019 - 8:03 am

The Eagles have lost Joe Douglas, a reality that they have been preparing for over the last year, but still has to sting none-the-less. 

Replacing Douglas will not be easy. It is possible the Eagles promote from within, but it would not be surprising at all if they looked outside the franchise for his replacement. That is an issue Howie Roseman needs to devote a good portion of his time to. 

The more immediate issue, however, is who Douglas might take with him to the Jets. 

From scouts, to players and maybe even coaches, we will soon find out exactly who Douglas likes on this Eagles roster. Douglas has already shown during his time in Philadelphia that he likes bringing in familiar faces, as a few players from Douglas’ past made their way to the Eagles during his time here. 

Who could soon be a Jet?

Here is a look at some players that might be playing for Douglas in Week 1:

Cre’Von LeBlanc: Le’Blanc might be the best move Douglas made during his time in Philadelphia. The Eagles added LeBlanc off of waivers last season when they needed help at cornerback, and the move proved to be a wise one, as he stepped in at nickel cornerback and played a big role in turning around the secondary. Douglas had ties to LeBlanc from their days with the Chicago Bears, and the move had Douglas’ fingerprints all over it. The Jets biggest need is arguably at cornerback, and with LeBlanc currently back on the bench, it wouldn’t be surprising if Douglas called Roseman to try to swing a deal. 

Deiondre Hall: Hall had an impressive final day of OTA practice last week, but overall he has not been a successful pickup for the Eagles and is in danger of not making the roster. Part of the reason Hall is in trouble is the depth the Eagles have at safety with Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Blake Countess, Andrew Sendejo and Tre Sullivan. All of them are ahead of Hall on the depth chart. Hall, like LeBlanc, came from the Chicago Bears. Douglas will likely be able to end up plucking Hall off either the waiver wire or as a free agent once training camp ends.  

Jordan Mailata: The chances the Eagles outright release Jordan Mailata are extremely slim, although he did not have a strong showing in the OTA practices open to the media. The drafting of Andre DIllard, however, means the days of Mailata potentially becoming a starter for the Eagles are now over. Although he has never played a snap, Mailata is viewed as one of the best picks the Roseman-Douglas duo have made. Would the Eagles move Mailata for the right price? Douglas might try to find out. 

Rasul Douglas: Of all the cornerbacks on the Eagles roster, Rasul Douglas feels like the one they would be most open to trading. They have never given him a fair chance at earning playing time, and that likely isn’t going to change this year. The team has preached they want depth at cornerback, but if the Jets come calling, it wouldn’t be surprising if they were open to at least discussing a trade. Rasul Douglas feels like a player that has Joe Douglas written all over him, as he is long, physical and had plenty of production in college. 

Josh Adams: Adams’ time with the Eagles has been a rollercoaster so far. Signed as an undrafted free agent, Adams went from being cut in training camp, to on the practice squad, made his way onto the roster, won the starting job, then suddenly fell out of favor and returned to the bench. Now, he finds himself fighting for a roster spot after the additions of Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders and the return of Corey Clement. Douglas likely was a big fan of Adams, as he played a large role in setting the draft board, and had a big hand in the undrafted free agents. If Adams is cut, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Jets claimed him. 

Mack Hollins: Hollins was one of the first picks the Eagles made with Douglas helping to run the draft. His time with the Eagles has been a disappointment so far, as he showed some signs as a rookie but has been injured ever since. Hollins would be a surprise cut by the Eagles, but if  Douglas still believes in the wide receiver, it is possible the Eagles and Jets could swing a deal. The Eagles need Hollins far less than the Jets might, who are still having issues at wide receiver.

Shelton Gibson: Gibson, like Hollins, was added during Douglas’ first draft with the team. Also like Hollins, his roster spot is in trouble. Unlike Hollins, however, Gibson seems to be improving each season and had a huge training camp last year. Douglas would likely jump at the chance to add Gibson if he is released. 

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