The Philadelphia Eagles moved to bolster their under-manned secondary Tuesday, trading a perimeter player and a 2023 draft pick for a 22-year-old cornerback who was a fourth-round pick just a year ago. The Eagles sent cornerback Jameson Houston and a 6th-round pick in 2023 for cornerback Josiah Scott.
Scott was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ fourth-round pick last year but played in only six games, getting 80 snaps on defense (and none on special teams).
At 5-foot-9, 185 lbs, Scott is likely best-suited to the slot, which isn’t where the Eagles have their most pressing need. But he does add depth to a cornerback position that has only two established pros — Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox. And Maddox has had injuries consistency in his three seasons. The Eagles began last season with Maddox at outside corner, but he struggled in eight starts before getting hurt. He’s also unsigned beyond 2021.
Houston, undrafted out of Baylor, played in three games last year as the Eagles dealt with constant cornerback injuries. He played 22 reps on defense and 22 on special teams. Houston began the season with brief stints with the Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers.
In addition to Slay, Maddox, and Scott, the Eagles’ only other cornerbacks are Craig James, Lavert Hill, Michael Jacquet, and rookie fourth-round pick Zech McPhearson. James is going into his fourth season but has only 83 career defensive snaps and is essentially a special teamer.
Scott played at Michigan State, where he had six interceptions, including three in 2019.
The Eagles also re-signed 25-year-old offensive tackle Casey Tucker, who was in training camp with the Eagles last year and then spent a couple weeks at the end of the season on the practice squad. Tucker participated in Eagles rookie camp over the weekend on a tryout basis.
After signing Tucker, the Eagles have one open spot on their 90-man roster.