As the Philadelphia Eagles’ preseason ends, the scramble for roster spots begins. With the final preseason matchup against the Miami Dolphins, there are multiple standouts.
A name that stands out is Josh Jobe, a young cornerback out of Alabama who joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in May. He’s a strong bet to make the the Eagles 2022 roster and has stood out in two preseason games. Through both preseason games, he led the team in tackles, allowing very few completions and being a threat in press coverage.
He’s worked with the 1st team a bit in practice and was rewarded more playing time against Cleveland. He made a huge difference in that game, defending a crucial pass on a drive that resulted in a Browns field goal instead of a touchdown.
Who Is Josh Jobe?
Jobe grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended college in Alabama. Despite not starting at cornerback until his senior year, he put up solid stats as a pass defender, with a 5 foot 11 frame to boot. At Alabama, he racked up 95 solo tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and defended 19 passes in 39 games played.
He even had two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss, showing a bit of versatility in the run game as well. The 24-year-old was projected to be drafted in the second round but fell and ultimately went undrafted because of injuries.
Devonta Smith describes Jobe as “quiet” and says his play does the talking for him. Jobe describes himself as “competitive.”
What does he bring?
Josh Jobe brings physicality and is a great tackler. He has a presence as a pass defender and has shown the ability to stand out in run support. His special teams play is also vital, allowing him to see more reps up and down the 2022 Eagles depth chart. Although he likely makes the roster as a backup cornerback, his ceiling goes beyond that. With his natural ability and upside, it is very possible he can fill a starter role in a season or two.
With Darius Slay’s age and James Bradberry only inked to a one-year deal, Jobe is someone to keep an eye on in the future. In the meantime, he provides great depth to a very talented cornerback group. Jobe compares the Eagle’s situation to Alabama and sees an opportunity for him to compete. He has a humble mindset, does not compare himself to others, and is used to being in talented cornerback rooms.
He’s managed to stand out in a group of a dozen cornerbacks which bodes well for his future in an Eagles uniform and has shown more than Tay Gown, Kary Vincent Jr, and Mac McCain. Jobe compares the Eagles’ defensive scheme to his Alabama one and has picked up on the schemes and coverages very quickly.
Josh Jobe is an under-the-radar player who has used the preseason to show his capabilities. He is my Eagles standout going into the last preseason game, and I look forward to watching his development.
Who is your standout Eagles player heading into the last preseason game?