clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Eagles reportedly work out free agent cornerback

New, comments

Assessing depth options.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Seattle Seahawks Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles worked out free agent cornerback De’Vante Bausby on Monday, according to NFL Draft Diamonds. Bausby was recently released by the Chiefs during final roster cuts.

There was some thought Bausby could make the 53-man in Kansas City. He got second team work in camp and even saw some first team reps in dime packages as well. Here’s what our friends at Arrowhead Pride had to say after the news Bausby was cut.

Bausby was an interesting undrafted free agent that the Chiefs picked up a couple years ago. He was hurt before that first season started and left Kansas City. After some time in Chicago he was back in Kansas City this offseason. Some of us thought he could make the Chiefs 53-man roster while other 53-man roster predictions had him getting cut so he was certainly on the bubble.

Bausby has a nice combination of size and athleticism. The 6-1, 182 pound defensive back ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at his pro day in 2015.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has some familiarity with Baubsy given that the cornerback sign with the Chiefs back in 2015.

Just because the Eagles worked out Bausby, however, doesn’t mean the team will sign him. The visit could have just been a check up on his status. Bausby reportedly played through a sprained ankle in the preseason. NFL teams have emergency free agent lists ready to go if injuries happen. Throughout the season, you can expect the Eagles to work out a bunch of other fringe players that they likely won’t sign.

This workout could indicate Bausby is on Philadelphia’s emergency list. Or maybe the Eagles want to add him to their practice squad at some point.

Here’s a scouting report on Bausby via NFL.com.

Strengths - Quick to diagnose and respond to the action in front of him. At his best in zone coverage when he can keep plays in front of him. Reactive to quarterback's eyes and movement and ready to smother wide receiver in space if he senses a pass coming.

Weaknesses - Upright in backpedal. Guesses too frequently from press, opening up too soon. Labored footwork when asked to turn and transition when beaten inside. Tight-­stepper who allows separation over the top. Passive. In no hurry to get his nose into run-support fray. Shows some pre-­snap confusion at times on tape.

Bottom Line - Tall, thin cornerback lacking top-end burners to carry speed downfield and also lacking aggressiveness to attack and support against the run.