In addition to re-signing Nigel Bradham, the Philadelphia Eagles signed a new linebacker this week: Corey Nelson.
In order to better get to know the Eagles’ newest defender, I thought it’d benefit BGN readers to get a Denver Broncos perspective on Nelson. In order to do that, I reached out to Tim Lynch of Mile High Report. Here’s what he had to say.
1 - Can you sum up Corey Nelson’s career in Denver?
Corey Nelson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft and was a solid reserve player on defense. He was a critical part of the outstanding depth on defense that launched the Denver Broncos to their Super Bowl 50 championship. He played a lot of time as the Broncos third down linebacker as Todd Davis was a bit of a liability in coverage. His biggest impact game on special teams, so he should immediately help the Philadelphia Eagles in that area.
2 - How did Broncos fans react to him leaving in free agency?
Most of us felt that either way the ILB position was going to be a position of need. Nelson is a fine special teams player, but he hadn’t yet progressed beyond a third down coverage guy. You won’t need to worry about him making the team, though. He will add great depth on the defense even if he is limited on the number of downs he can play effectively.
3 - What are his strengths?
He is a quicker, cover linebacker. Not elite in that category, but that’s his strength on the field. He’s also an outstanding special teams gunner. He’ll make the tackle on the returner.
4 - What are his weaknesses?
He is a one-down linebacker. He needs to become a better run defender if he wants to become a three-down linebacker. At 25, he’s still pretty young, so the right kind of coaching could help him get there.
5 - The Eagles are seemingly counting on him to play a rotational role at weak side linebacker in addition to having him contribute on special teams. Based on what you know from watching him play, do you think he’s suited for that?
That is exactly how the Broncos used him. If he continues to develop, maybe he’ll be able to do more.
6 - Anything to know about him off the field?
Nothing bad. He tore his biceps muscle last season, so he is coming off an injury. Overall, the Eagles got solid depth on defense and a good starter on special teams.