At the beginning of the season it appeared that the Eagles defense was in shambles. Injuries affected all defensive personnel groups, and it lead to a starting defense that had no prior chemistry that was built.
Fast forward to now and the defense has looked borderline elite these past few weeks, giving up 17 points or less for the past four games. The additions of a healthy Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby has brought some semblance to Jim Schwartz's defensive unit, and now they will be adding another familiar face to the defensive backs group. The team announced today that Cre'Von Leblanc has been designated to return from injured reserve.
With the defense on fire (and some weaker opponents on the horizon), Schwartz has some tough decisions to make: Does he put LeBlanc in immediately as the starting slot cornerback to try and gel the defense the way we thought it would look in September? Or does he keep the cornerback situation as is (with Avonte Maddox the primary slot cornerback) until the defense cools down and starts to get worn down?
We'll have to wait to see how the coaches feel he is progressing in practice, but Jalen Mills suffered the same type of foot injury and was able to play in the first game after he was activated (albeit after a year off compared to LeBlanc's 16 weeks off).