According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles have acquired cornerback Josiah Scott from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for cornerback Jameson Houston and a 2023 sixth round draft pick.
Scott, 22, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft. He only appeared in six games for the Jags last season, playing 80 snaps and totaling 11 tackles. When targeted, Scott allowed a 85.7% competition percentage and 112.5 passer rating.
Even though Scott received very little playing time, the Eagles clearly see him being worth something. At the very least, the return they gave up isn’t anything to get worked up over.
Houston didn’t last with the Eagles for long. He was an undrafted rookie in 2020 and bounced around the league before landing with Philadelphia back in November.
Cornerback Depth Is Still A Question Mark Heading Into 2021
Scott joins a cornerback group that includes Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Michael Jacquet, Grayland Arnold, and Craig James.
Beyond Slay, there’s a lot of question marks. Maddox’s inconsistency has plagued his career, and he’s set to be a free agent following this season. Zech McPhearson has some potential, but whether or not he’ll be able to step in and contribute immediately is yet to be seen.
Many people have been pounding the table for free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson, and this trade for Scott doesn’t prevent them from still making that move in the slightest. Adding another veteran cornerback into the mix couldn’t hurt, considering the heavy amount of youth and inexperience the rest of the group has.