The Philadelphia Eagles started Roc Carmichael at corner on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, because usual starter and No. 1 corner Bradley Fletcher was out with a pectoral injury. The good news is that he’s fully expected to play in this week’s NFC East battle against the Washington Redskins, because defensive coordinator Billy Davis called him day-to-day and he’s back at practice today. Fletcher isn’t a true No. 1 corner by any means, but he’s solid and has 13 passes defended this season. Cary Williams may be the bigger name and has the bigger paycheck, but he’s overrated and comes with too much baggage. Both Fletcher and budding slot corner Brandon Boykin are the two Eagles CBs worth praising.
It’s great to hear that Fletcher is back at practice this week, and he should have the “pleasure” of facing Pierre Garcon one-on-one quite a bit this week. With how underrated Fletcher and Boykin are, I always wonder what this team could do with a legitimate free safety (and if they made a better offseason decision at corner, instead of signing the grossly overrated Williams). Carmichael played well in Fletcher’s absence, and I’m starting to wonder if he might even be a better option than Williams.
In any case, there is some bad news regarding a key player on the offensive side of the ball. Star left tackle Jason Peters isn’t at practice today, per the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, and this comes on the heels of what seemed to be a significant quadriceps injury on Sunday. Peters was immediately ruled out of the game early on, and it looks like the Eagles could lose Peters for a bit. That’s a tough blow to swallow, because Peters is definitely one of the team’s most important players. As we saw on Sunday, particularly in the running game, Peters really gets things moving up front.
Mychal Kendricks isn’t at practice today, but the injury he suffered on Sunday isn’t expected to cause him to miss any games.