Tha Sports Junkies 101

Leodis McKelvin Is The Player To Patch Up The Eagles’ Secondary

Leodis McKelvin NFL Philadelphia Eagles Melinda Dove via Flickr


The Philadelphia Eagles signed former Buffalo Bills corner back Leodis McKelvin this off-season, on the eve of the NFL free agency period.

McKelvin was drafted by the Bills with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, and has played in Buffalo ever since.

In his career, he has totaled 268 tackles and 13 interceptions. He finished last season with two interceptions and 32 tackles in nine games played.

He will prove to be one of the better additions to a team that looked nearly depleted of talent in the secondary.

Leodis was a starter from the time he was drafted. He was the Bills‘ shining star at one point early in his career. 

This past season, he became expendable after there was a logjam at the corner back position.

Stephon Gilmore is a budding star. Ronald Darby is looking more and more like a steal of a pick (selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft). McKelvin took those guys under his wing and they’ve shown that they were capable pieces to the puzzle.

Leodis has taken all of the first team reps during OTA’s for the Eagles. He has stood out as the best corner so far and his passion trickles down the well to the younger players.

He knows new Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who brought that same system from their time together in Buffalo.

Paired with safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, they form one of the league’s best units.

McKelvin has carved out a nice career for a player from Troy University.  He is set to shine Schwartz‘ attacking defense for the foreseeable future.