On the first day of Training Camp, cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc suffered a foot sprain that will have him out of commission for most of the rest of Training Camp and the preseason. The Eagles were quick to find a replacement for him when they signed Orlando Scandrick after working him out yesterday.
So what can we expect from the 32-year-old Scandrick in an Eagles uniform?
There shouldn't be too much hype around this signing. With Cre'Von LeBlanc still expected to be ready for the regular season (and Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills expected to be ready too), Scandrick will most likely only be a preseason body to help fill the snaps needed to be covered. Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox are all younger and better options to get the valuable playing time in the preseason, but Scandrick can fill the role of the garbage time cornerback in the 4th quarter of preseason games.
Scandrick is best used as a slot corner, which was LeBlanc's go-to role. Unless Scandrick is able to impress well enough, Maddox or Jones will likely be the go in the slot until LeBlanc is ready to return.
There is a chance that Scandrick is able to prove he is worthy to make the Eagles roster. However, if he does show he is worth keeping around, that will mean the Eagles would have six cornerbacks who are capable of starting. An embarrassment of riches of those proportions would lead Howie Roseman to try and find a trade partner for one of those six corners.
So you should be happy that the Eagles brought in a veteran corner that the younger guys can learn from and pick his brain, but unless he breaks out Scandrick will only be in town for the summer, and will be released when the roster needs to get cut down to 53.