One position room is getting pretty crowded in Philadelphia. With 12 cornerbacks rostered, the Eagles may be running out of seats in the room. It’s a good problem to have.

Zech McPhearson, a fourth-round pick in 2021, is fighting for one of those chairs at training camp. It’s hard to get noticed with so many corners running around, but the talented 24-year-old is doing his best to standout. He made an acrobatic, leaping interception on Gardner Minshew on August 2 that elicited a few oohs from the media contingent watching practice. Problem was, McPhearson landed out of bounds. Play negated. A few plays later, he was burned for a touchdown by Jalen Reagor.

Those things are going to happen at camp, sometimes it leads to a breakthrough teaching moment from the coaching staff. McPhearson was a surprise standout last summer, but defensive snaps were at a premium once the season began. He got to start the regular-season finale in Week 18 as the Eagles rested their starters.

K’Von Wallace, Zech McPhearson, Kary Vincent, and Andre Chachere have played a combined 310 snaps on defense this season heading into Week 18 (Vincent never played one).

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That experience guided his offseason. He came back stronger, adding about five pounds to his 5-foot-11 frame while burying himself in the playbook.

“I got a lot stronger, gained a lot of weight. I’m right around, like 196 [pounds] now,” McPhearson told reporters. “I know it’s not necessarily tangible but just me being able to play faster, knowing this playbook, being able to play faster. [This] being my second year out there, I can move around fast. I don’t gotta think as much.”

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