This Eagles Starter Will Be the First to Lose His Job in 2020

Avonte Maddox, Jalen Mills
Philadelphia Eagles corner Avonte Maddox and safety Jalen Mills | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles made a lot of upgrades to the secondary in 2020, but Jalen Mills is once again going to be thrust into a featured role.

The Eagles think that the player fans like to single out as the cause of their defensive problems more so than any other is now capable of replacing Malcolm Jenkins at safety.

By the end of the year, Mills should be on the bench.

Mills gave up six touchdowns and allowed a passer rating of 107 on throws targeting him over the last two years, and moving to safety, where he has to cover more ground, could blow up in the team's face.

The Eagles know that Mills might not have the talent to start at safety, so they signed Will Parks in free agency and absolutely stole Clemson's K'Von Wallace in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Wallace's ability to line up anywhere on defense and stick running backs as a tackler will eventually give him the edge over Mills.

Moving from cornerback to safety has turned many a career around, but Mills' coverage struggles make it unlikely that he'll last long as the starter. Either Parks or Wallace will likely take over the starting gig by the end of the year, at the very latest.