As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to say goodbye to Lehigh University for the summer, cornerback Asante Samuel will apparently be sidelined with what the team is calling a hamstring injury. Samuel left practice early Tuesday and only said to reporters, "I'm getting too old for this."
This wasn't quite as entertaining as Samuel informing reporters earlier in camp that he wasn't a "mad scientist" in response to questions about another injury. It doesn't sound like anything major, but you have to be careful with cornerbacks , who may put more stress on their hamstrings than any other position. The Eagles' other starting corner, Ellis Hobbs, missed Tuesday's practice with an illness.
As I just stated in the Beast chat, I think the Eagles' biggest weakness is a lack of depth at cornerback. I think rookie Nate Allen will be fine at safety, but which young corner will emerge as a consistent player? Joselio Hanson wants to be that guy but we saw him get burned on a deep ball in the first preseason game. I feel like he's trying to gamble on plays like Samuel does when there's really no need.
Dimitri Patterson has talent, but I think he'd get exposed if he was forced into the starting lineup. Perhaps Macho Harris is ready to take a major step. When I expressed my doubt in the cornerbacks to general manager Howie Roseman, he told me I was heading down the wrong path. Well, we're about to find out.
Sean McDermott has the makings of a solid defense, but he can't afford injuries in the secondary. Right now, I'd say the Eagles are fourth in the NFC East when it comes to depth at cornerback. The Giants, Eagles and Redskins are all in pretty good shape at this point in camp.