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Philadelphia Eagles training camp: Rookie Jaylen Watkins is only playing cornerback

While some had speculated he would play two positions, Eagles rookie defensive back Jaylen Watkins isn't performing double duty.

Mitchell Leff

Chip Kelly is a big fan of versatility, so it wasn't a surprise when the team drafted defensive back Jaylen Watkins in May. However, despite his ability to play multiple positions, Watkins is strictly playing cornerback this offseason, according to defensive coordinator Billy Davis.

Many had speculated that Watkins would compete at both safety and cornerback during training camp, but Davis is waiting to use him at both positions. While the defensive coordinator noted that Watkins has the skills to play both positions, he has made it a priority for Watkins to learn cornerback and nickel in the Eagles defense first.

Watkins' current position is good news for Davon Morgan, Keelan Johnson and Daytawion Lowe and bad news for Curtis Marsh and Roc Carmichael. The former Florida Gator is very likely to make the final roster because of his draft status and versatility, which puts Marsh and Carmichael at a major disadvantage in their camp battle.

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