At 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, Philly finished the deal on a long-time target as they signed veteran cornerback Steven Nelson to a one-year deal worth $4 million only two days before the beginning of training camp. Nelson has been a starter in Pittsburgh and Kansas City over the past five years and is a much-needed upgrade to an Eagles secondary that was one of only four teams last season to record under 10 interceptions. The Eagles defense last season also only recorded one interception by a cornerback, which not only ranks last in the NFL, but historically atrocious.
Nelson had a down year in 2020 but was one of the better corners in the two seasons prior. In 2019, Nelson only allowed 491 yards in coverage on a 50% completion percentage and had a 65.8 passer rating when targeted in coverage throughout 15 games, which is a Pro-Bowl level season. Nelson will be playing behind one of the best defensive lines in the league that was third in sacks last season, not to mention he'll also be playing alongside Pro-Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. Nelson will also be in a cover two scheme with two of the better safeties in the league playing double high zone, which allows for cornerbacks to play more freely when jumping routes due to the two safeties preventing the deep ball.
With the addition of Steven Nelson, it is safe to say that the Eagles defense could be one of the best defenses in the league, as they filled the team’s biggest weakness with a veteran that is ready to play from day one.
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