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Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Offseason Acquisitions (Part Two) – CB Bradley Fletcher

June 30th, 2013 at 7:27 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

In an effort to rebuild the defense, the Philadelphia Eagles signed cornerback Bradley Fletcher early in the offseason in addition to former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams

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Fletcher was drafted 66th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the third round of the 2009 draft. He was with the Rams until he signed with the Eagles. 

Since 2009, Fletcher has played in 43 regular season games and played in all 16 games just twice (2010, 2012). He only played in seven games during his rookie season in 2009 because he suffered a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. His 2011 season was cut short after he tore his ACL in his right knee.

After tearing both his ACL and LCL in his left knee, it was great to see him come back to play in every game during the 2010 season. Fletcher racked up 65 tackles and 10 assisted tackles. He also had a 43 yard fumble recovery to go along with four interceptions totaling 41 yards. He also had 11 defended passes.

Fletcher's comeback from an ACL tear in his right knee was not as impressive his previous return. He only accumulated 23 tackles and five assisted tackles in 2012 to go along with one interceptions that he returned for two yards and eight defended passes.

The main concern about Fletcher is how well his knees will hold up. Tearing ligaments in both knees in the first four years of his career should have the Eagles somewhat concerned, but since he came back strong in 2010 and had no issues in 2012, the Eagles have shown that they trust his knees for now. The Eagles are hoping that starting for a new team will help Fletcher flourish into being a leader on the defense. Hopefully Fletcher can rebound from a poor 2012 performance. 

Right now, Fletcher sits atop the depth chart for left cornerback with Brandon Boykin backing him up. Brandon Hughes is third on the depth chart with Jordan Poyer, the seventh round pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, sitting at the fourth slot on the depth chart.

Tags: Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams, Cornerback, Defense, Football, NFL, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles

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