Eagles 'have to get better' on defense

The Philadelphia Eagles' secondary was a weak link last season.

They made enough plays to help the Eagles win 10 games and capture the NFC East title in coach Chip Kelly's rookie season.

But an upgrade was needed.

So the Eagles signed free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins away from the New Orleans Saints. Then they added cornerback Nolan Carroll from the Miami Dolphins. They brought back safety Nate Allen for one more year. And they signed Chris Maragos away from the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

The Eagles also selected Florida defensive back Jaylen Watkins in the fourth round of the NFL draft. Watkins played both cornerback and safety for the Gators.

“We have to get better; we know that,” Eagles secondary coach John Lovett told the Times of Trenton. “We feel we're adding the right pieces, plus what we have coming back, to do just that.”

Brandon Boykin emerged as a stellar cornerback and finished last season with six interceptions.

“He (Boykin) did a great job there,” Lovett told the Times of Trenton. “His biggest drawback is his size. When you put him outside, he can get exposed because of that. Like I said, he did a great job inside, and we're going to keep him there.”

Jenkins was the biggest addition and he has shown the ability to be a team leader through organized team activities, even though he's only been in Philadelphia for a little while.

“He's been everything we thought he was so far,” Lovett told the Times of Trenton.” He has everyone in the right place. He's going to make us better, and he's going to make the players around him better.”