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Eagles claim former Colts cornerback off waivers

More competition at CB.

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The Philadelphia Eagles claimed cornerback Shakial Taylor off waivers from the New York Giants on Tuesday evening, according to an official announcement from the team.

Taylor, 24, entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed with the Indianapolis Colts, where he worked with former Indy cornerbacks coach and current Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.

As a rookie, Taylor saw limited playing time (60 defensive snaps) before the Colts waived in November. He was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos and remained with them until they waived him in July.

The Giants then claimed Taylor off waivers and planned to waive him before he qualified as a high-risk opt-out for the 2020 season.

The Eagles were relatively light at cornerback with just Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox, Michael Jacquet, Kevon Seyour, Jameson Houston, Craig James, and Lavert Hill under contract for 2021. From that group, Slay and Maddox are the only players with extensive NFL experience.

Taylor is likely a camp body but he’ll have a chance to compete for a roster spot. And perhaps he can give some pointers to his teammates when it comes to adjusting to Gannon’s system.