The Eagles have agreed to bring back veteran safety Corey Graham. Graham returns for his second season with the Eagles and should step right into his previous role as the team’s third safety.
It has been clear through the early portions of training camp that the Eagles were still in search for their third safety. Tre Sullivan, a rookie free agent from last season, has shown flashes and 2018 UDFA Jeremy Reaves has turned heads at times; however, bringing in a veteran such as Corey Graham is as safe as a play as the Eagles could make. To sign a guy who knows the defense and has played well with the guys around him is a strong move.
Corey Graham was a vital piece throughout last season as a third safety as well as his impact on special teams. Graham comes in the game in three-safety packages allowing Malcolm Jenkins to move all over the field. Graham played 36% of the defensive snaps during the 2017 regular season and 60% of the defensive snaps in the postseason. Graham finished the season with 32 tackles, 2 INTs, and 4 PBUs.
It will be interesting to see how often the Eagles go with their three-safety nickel package this season with the depth they have at corner. At the very least the Eagles got deeper at a key position and brought back one of their best special teams players from a season ago.