As the NFL trade deadline came to a close on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles struck a deal with the Denver Broncos to acquire rookie seventh-round corner Kary Vincent Jr. in exchange for a 2022 sixth-round pick.
The Eagles listed him as a defensive back, which means they likely view him as a chess piece they can move around the secondary when need be.
Standing at 5’10” and weighing in at 185 pounds, Vincent is your prototypical slot corner in the NFL. His quickness and straight line speed standout on tape. Manning up with slot receivers never seemed to be an issue for the LSU product at the collegiate level.
Although he has yet to take a snap in the NFL, he will be on the Eagles 53-man roster. Philly now has nine corners on their active roster:
- Darius Slay
- Steven Nelson
- Avonte Maddox
- Zech McPhearson
- Josiah Scott
- Tay Gowan
- Andre Chachere
- Mac McCain
- Kary Vincent Jr.
Howie Roseman has been stockpiling young corners ever since the beginning of the season. Gowan was acquired in the Zach Ertz trade, McCain was claimed off the Broncos’ practice squad, Josiah Scott was acquired from Jacksonville during camp, and Chachere was claimed off waivers right before the season began.
All of these young corners are versatile and the hope is that at least one of them pops.
As for Vincent specifically, he’ll likely fit in as Maddox’s backup at nickel along with Scott. He was one of the key cogs in LSU’s championship run in 2019, recording four interceptions and allowing a completion percentage of 54% and a passer rating of 68.0 when targeted.
With Maddox’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, Vincent may be an insurance policy just in case the team is unable to resign their starting nickel corner. Vincent is a refined nickel and he has the skill set to be a starting quality nickel in the NFL.
At the very least, Vincent will be a solid backup for the defensive secondary for the next few years. Once he develops his game, he could find his way onto the field, especially if Maddox gets injured or doesn’t return next season.