Nickell Robey-Coleman confirms he’ll play some outside CB for the Eagles

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Darius Slay was acquired by the Eagles to be a shutdown cornerback who’ll likely travel with the opposing team’s best wide receiver.

To do such a thing, the Eagles will need to lean on the other cornerbacks on the roster, who’ll have to be versatile and comfortable switching sides of the field opposite Slay or even sliding outside if Darius is forced to slide down into the slot.

The Eagles’ concerns were alleviated after the team signed Nickell Robey-Coleman to a deal. The man known for being one of the NFL’s top slot cover guys will give Jim Schwartz options that he’s never had in Philadelphia.

Even though Robey-Coleman is expected to compete with Cre’Von LeBlanc for the nickel cornerback spot, the Eagles could also utilize the versatility in their new hybrid secondary to flip-flop Robey-Coleman or even play him on the outside opposite of Slay or when Slay slides to the slot.

Robey-Coleman confirmed he was comfortable with the role.

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“Slay is going to be an important intricate of the defense from the secondary standpoint and when you got guys like Rodney [McLeod] and you got [Jalen] Mills, it makes me feel very comfortable to play on the outside or on the inside,” Robey-Coleman said. “So to know that I have great safeties in the game, it allows me to play aggressive and knowing that I can trust them on the backend.”

The Eagles will need to get LeBlanc on the field and sliding Robey-Coleman outside at time gives the Eagles the best opportunity to put their best players on the field.