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The Eagles have major question marks at safety. Nate Allen is a solid free safety, there is no doubt about it. Well, as long as he is healthy.
He was one of the best rookies in 2010 before he tore a patella tendon in his knee. He wasn't at 100 percent for the majority of the season, but regained his speed and movement in his knee late in the season.
As long as Allen can stay healthy for a full season, the Eagles will be set at free safety for years to come.
Strong safety is a whole other story. Kurt Coleman is the starter, for now, while Jaiquawn Jarrett will challenge him for the starting job. In a perfect world, Coleman would be backing up Jarrett at strong safety. Coleman is a quality backup at both positions. Jarrett wasn't drafted in the second round in 2011 to ride the bench.
But Jarrett has to prove in camp that he has enough speed to be a starter. That is a major concern for him right now. His football I.Q., his tackling and his leadership are all where they should be for an NFL starter. If he is a liability in coverage, he will continue to ride the bench.
The Eagles showed some interest in Yeremiah Bell, but he signed with the Jets instead. The Eagles need a veteran at safety to provide depth. Bell would have done just that. The Eagles are just one injury at safety from being very thin at the position.
The Eagles did sign undrafted free agent Phillip Thomas from Syracuse. He ran a 4.7 40, which killed his draft stock. He isn't likely to make the roster unless he can prove he is much faster on the football field.
As of right now, the only depth behind Jarrett at safety is Colt Anderson, who is tore his ACL late last season, and Tom Anderson, who like Anderson is more of a special teams player.
The Eagles need either Jarrett to be the player they thought he was or the starting safeties to remain healthy all season long.