Always Looking

Posted: May 14th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Always Looking

The Eagles have methodically worked to take care of holes in their depth chart. Howie Roseman made another strong move on Monday.

Interior OL depth was a concern, but that problem just got taken care of. Wiz can play both G and C.

With Brandon Brooks out, Wiz may get penciled in at RG for now. Or the Eagles could stick with Matt Pryor in that role. We’ve also heard some mentions of Big V possibly getting a look there.

Wiz is even more important because can back-up Jason Kelce at center. Previously, you had Anthony Fabiano and UDFA Keegan Render behind Kelce. That’s less than ideal.

Look at the key OL for now.

LT – Jason Peters ……. Andre Dillard
LG – Isaac Seumalo
OC – Jason Kelce …… Stefen Wisniewski
RG – H. Vaitai ………. Matt Pryor ……………Brandon Brooks
RT – Lane Johnson …. Jordan Mailata

That group is talented and experienced. The team has seven players who have started 10 or more games for them, plus a first round draft pick. That is about as deep and talented an O-line as you will find in the league.

The Eagles have some talented prospects beyond those guys.

G/T Ryan Bates
G/C Sua Opeta
G/T Nate Herbig
C/G Keegan Render
C/G Anthony Fabiano
T/G Tyreek Burwell

If any of those guys can show good ability this summer, the Eagles would be thrilled. That would give them young talent to develop for the future. Peters is probably in his final season. Big V is a free agent at the end of the year. Wiz signed a one-year deal. The Eagles will have good starters in place, but they will need depth.

Back to Wiz.

He signed for $1.5M, with a chance to make another $500K in playing time bonuses. I’m sure he was hoping to land somewhere as a starter, but that didn’t pan out. The Eagles had to be thrilled to get him back, since he is a versatile veteran and knows the system.

Wiz delivered a great moments in the playoff win over the Falcons back in 2017.

That is just beautiful.

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The Eagles were able to get Wiz back at a reduced rate. Ditto for Tim Jernigan. Vinny Curry returned to the Eagles for a cheap deal. Ronald Darby stuck around for less than he expected to get. Rodney McLeod took a pay cut to keep his job.

These signings have worked out really well for the Eagles, giving them great depth at a reasonable cost.

There is one potential downside. The 2017 team had great chemistry. The players got along and brought out the best in each other. You wonder if any of these players are bitter, having not gotten the kind of free agent money they hoped for.

Maybe these players are happy that the Eagles gave them an offer. Maybe there won’t be any hard feelings. I certainly hope that’s the case. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of this or if this team also has great chemistry.

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