Due to a rash of injuries at the cornerback position, Jim Schwartz asked Eagles safety Jalen Mills if he could return back to his original position for the Sunday Night Football matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Mills agreed to make the move back, and he didn't even hold out for more money since he was playing a position that makes more money on average (looking at you Jason Peters....).
The Eagles defense ended up allowing the fewest points in a game this season, and Mills was a big help in that. In fact, Mills had a "standout" performance against the 49ers:
According to Next Gen Stats, CPOE (Completion Percentage Over Expectation) is:
The probability of a pass completion, based on numerous factors such as receiver separation from the nearest defender, where the receiver is on the field, the separation the passer had at time of throw from the nearest pass rusher, and more....a passer’s actual completion percentage compared to their Expected Completion Percentage.
So essentially, when Mills' responsible receiver was targeted, he did not allow anything substantial to happen. The "Green Goblin" actually saved a touchdown from being scored on him, as he tackled his receiver and got his knee down before the ball crossed the goal line (although the 49ers did still score a touchdown on that drive).
Although those numbers appear great, they should also be taken with a grain of salt, as Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard aren't exactly quality starting quarterbacks.
With the status of Avonte Maddox and Trevor Williams up in the air for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Schwartz might have to keep Mills down at cornerback for a second consecutive game. He will have some tough matchups this week, as he will line up against JuJu Smith-Schuster and/or Diontae Johnson. Eagles fans will have to hope he can step his game up once again if the Birds have any chance of winning back-to-back games.