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Leodis McKelvin can be a starting cornerback for the Eagles

Get to know the new Eagles CB.

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Before 2016 NFL free agency even started, the Philadelphia Eagles jumped at the opportunity to sign veteran cornerback Leodis McKelvin after he was released by the Bills. Buffalo's former first round pick is just one of three former Jim Schwartz players the Eagles signed this offseason. Not unlike other Bills players, McKelvin had a career year playing under Schwartz in 2014. In order to get more familiar with the Eagles' new cornerback, here's some insight from Brian Galliford (@BrianGalliford) of Buffalo Rumblings.

1) Were Bills fans upset to see the team cut him?

"No. The Bills have two strong, young cornerbacks, and McKelvin's salary was long viewed as untenable for what he would have been: a reserve. That was a business decision that everyone saw coming."

2) What are his strengths?

"He has seen it all; teams have thrown everything at him, especially in recent years, because they considered him the Bills' weak point in the secondary, and while they had a lot of success targeting him, McKelvin made his fair share of plays, as well. He's also still very athletic, and smarter than people give him credit for, and has a short memory after making a mistake."

3) What are his weaknesses?

"McKelvin has always really struggled to play the ball in the air, especially contested throws deep, and that has hurt him a lot. He's also prone to biting on well-run routes, leaving him yards out of position; you'll see him burned badly a fair amount."

4) McKelvin had a career year in 2014 under Jim Schwartz. Was there any reason for that?

"Yes: Buffalo's pass rush was phenomenal that year. McKelvin was solid in 2013, too, when the Bills also had an excellent pass rush. McKelvin can't lift a defense on his own, but he can certainly make plays if everything else around him is clicking."

5) How do you think McKelvin fits into Philadelphia’s defense? Can he still be a good starter on the outside?

"I think he's still capable of starting on the outside. He's quick, but maybe not quite quick enough to handle slot receivers routinely. The Bills tried him at safety last year when he came back from an injury, and while he acquitted himself well, he also hadn't done that since high school. Philly should probably keep him at corner."


For more on McKelvin, check out this highlights video. (WARNING: Music NSFW).

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