The Eagles were able to escape the Meadowlands with a narrow victory over the Giants, but may have lost a critical member of their secondary for at least a short amount of time. Following the game, cornerback Patrick Robinson reported concussion-like symptoms and now is in concussion protocol, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link).
Robinson, 30, signed with the Eagles this past offseason and has started on the boundaries for all of the team’s games in 2017. Philadelphia’s success on the defensive side of the ball mainly stems from their exceptional front seven, but the secondary has produced well in their own respect thus far, especially considering the generally low expectations entering the year.
Robinson currently ranks as the fifth best corner in football, according to the metrics at Pro Football Focus. He’s also accumulated a coverage grade of 90.4, which ranks top five in the NFL as well. Losing the veteran defensive back would be a big loss, but it’s negated by the fact that the Eagles are close to locking up home field advantage in the NFC, and can possibly afford to let Robinson get fully healthy before the start of postseason football.
Should he miss game time, Philadelphia would turn to both Ronald Darby and Rasul Douglas to help fellow starting corner Jalen Mills on the outside. Both corners are clearly a step back from Robinson’s current play, but he should be able to make a full recovery before the team’s first playoff game at the very least.
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