The Eagles have signed cornerback Mac McCain off of the Denver Bronco’s practice squad. This now gives the Eagles six total cornerbacks on their active roster.
With the addition of McCain, Philadelphia now has a complete 53-man roster. McCain will slot in as the third-string corner behind Darius Slay and Zech McPhearson.
While cornerback depth is always welcome, McCain isn’t likely to make contributions on defense. Most of the work he gets could come from special teams.
McCain Is Still Raw When It Comes To Talent
McCain, 23, went undrafted in this past May’s draft and subsequently signed with Denver.
During his time at North Carolina A&T, McCain received All-MEAC honors three times. As a freshman in 2017, McCain was tied for fifth nationally with six interceptions. Despite going through an ACL tear his sophomore year, McCain still played productively when able.
NFL.com noted that despite McCain having the instinct needed to succeed, his lack of speed and struggle against double moves is worrisome:
Productive outside cornerback with a penchant for making plays on the football. McCain is smart and plays with solid instincts. He lacks the smooth hips and chase speed to hang with NFL vertical targets, which is a major concern. While he’s instinctive, his losses to double moves might cause some hesitancy at times.
Perhaps the Eagles feel that McCain can provide some solid depth. Or perhaps he’s merely a placeholder until Josiah Scott returns.