Howie Roseman heaped praise on 5th round pick Earl Wolff (safety from N.C. State), but hinted that he would not be competing for a starting job. Instead, he will be counted on as a core special teams contributor. After suffering through a brutal tandem of Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, Eagles fans are desperate for change at the safety position, but don’t expect Wolff to emerge as a savior on the back end. Philadelphia seems content with Patrick Chung at strong safety and either Allen or Kenny Phillips in a center field role.
Despite impressive timed speed (4.44 40-yard-dash), Earl Wolff is not ready for the NFL. He’s a high character individual with solid measurables, but his diagnostic skills need a ton of work. He reportedly struggled mightily with defensive concepts in his team meetings at the Combine, and rumblings out of N.C. State pass word along that Wolff did not have a good command of the defensive playbook. Instincts are particularly important at the safety position, and whether Eagles fans are tired of veterans or not, the Eagles’ free agent additions are far superior safeties to Wolff at this point.
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