The Eagles secondary has had a rough start to the season. Each defensive back has made at least one egregious mistake, and on top of that Safety Rodney McLeod is likely out for the rest of the season. The player who has been called out the most so far for the secondary’s woes has been Jalen Mills.
Opposing offenses have been targeting Mills often the first quarter of the season: Julio Jones had 10 catches for 169 yards lined up against him in the season opener, DeSean Jackson beat Mills for a deep touchdown on the first play of the game against the Buccaneers, and Titans WR Corey Davis had his best game as a pro (9 catches for 161 yards) lined up against Mills.
However, Eagles Hall of Famer Seth Joyner is not jumping ship on Mills, and instead believes Mills will return to being a productive cornerback for the team.
Lota hate directed at @greengoblin Stop it Philly! This kid was great in the past, he'll be fine! Show him some support, he needs & deserves that!! Lil technique polish which all players experience and he'll be makin plays & ballin again! #Eagles #FlyEaglesFly #BleedingGreen
— Seth Joyner (@sethjoyner) October 2, 2018
Joyner isn’t the only Eagles legend to recently stand up for Mills, as last week Brian Dawkins also voiced his support of Mills’ playing style. Also, former Eagles LB Ike Reese pointed out that the one deep ball that Corey Davis caught while Mills was in the vicinity was actually Ronald Darby’s responsibility.
Jalen Mills is getting a lot of heat
But on Corey Davis 51 yard catch on Jalen, @Ike58Reese will explain because of defense Eagles were playing, why Ronald Darby was supposed to be there to help on Eagles Game Plan this week 👀
Good film work by @fduffy3 #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/1ArveIpKQ4
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 2, 2018
The Eagles secondary as a whole need to step up their game, and with the Vikings coming to town this weekend with an electrifying passing offense, it will be a good test to see if the secondary is able to bounce back and start to get on track for another possible deep playoff run.