The return of our three-and-out series focuses on one of the most talked about positions of the offseason - cornerback.
1. Who will start opposite
Of course, Eagles fans want to see the name Nnamdi Asomugha here. Let's look at the current roster. The two players who started last season -
The only other two players on the current roster who could be considered would be veteran
2. Which young player on the roster has the most potential?
The answer to the first question heaped a lot of praise upon Lindley, who graded out highly after a successful junior season at Kentucky before an injury-plagued senior campaign. As a rookie in 2010, Lindley had 21 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. No matter what roster moves are made, the Eagles also have to begin thinking about life after Samuel who just turned 30 in January. Samuel is still under contract through 2013, but don't forget how the Eagles planned for when Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor left. They drafted Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown in 2002 while Vincent and Taylor were one of the best cornerback duos in the game. Two years later, Sheppard and Brown were ready to start.
The most intriguing prospect on the roster is third-round pick
3. How will the new scheme impact the players?
A regular to Eagles Live!, Adam Caplan reported for FOX Sports that new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will have his cornerbacks play more in zone coverage. Obviously, that will benefit Samuel, who is the best off-cover cornerback in the game today. Samuel will also be accustomed to that style from his days in New England. The right cornerback position in Philadelphia had been more of the press spot. If that is now going to be more zone, then that takes some of the pressure off of. New defensive line coach Jim Washburn's wide-nine technique with the defensive ends and one-gap approach with the tackles is expected to generate more pressure on the quarterback. The cornerbacks, and secondary as a whole, will need to make sure to keep plays in front of them but could also be in position to pick off more rushed and errant passes.
Castillo has made references to playing a fast, Cover-2 style of defense in the same mold of the Chicago Bears. Our Fan-Demonium columnist Tommy Lawlor pondered whether there is going to be some influences from the University of Iowa where his son, Greg, is a defensive back. Iowa runs a very successful Cover-2 under renowned coach Norm Parker. The cornerbacks in this scheme are asked to funnel the receivers inside and cover the flats as their zone. When the ball is in play, the defenders must swarm to the ball. Castillo doesn't want his players thinking on the field; he wants them attacking.