Strong Up Front

Posted: May 27th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

 

There was a time when the Eagles OL was among the worst in the league. They weren’t overwhelming in the run game and they struggled to protect the passer. Whether draft picks, trades or free agent signings, the players just didn’t get the job done.

Those days are long gone.

You can make a strong argument that the Eagles have the best and deepest O-line in the NFL. I talked about that in a recent piece for PE.com.

  • Jason Peters – 2 time All-Pro
  • Lane Johnson – 1 time All-Pro
  • Jason Kelce – 2 time All-Pro

And

  • Brandon Brooks – multiple Pro Bowls

Isaac Seumalo and Stefen Wisniewski are the slackers. Not one Pro Bowl between them. For shame, for shame.

I kid, of course. Seumalo is incredibly versatile and his best football is ahead of him. Wiz is an effective starter and terrific backup. That is six really good players.

I think Halapoulivaati Vaitai will end up a solid starter in the NFL. He’s been up and down with the Eagles, but usually under tough circumstances. I think some team will sign him next March and let Big V settle into a position. For now, he’s learning to play OG. Big V has 17 career starts at OT and has played very well at times.

Then you have Andre Dillard, who should be a good starter, and Jordan Mailata, who has huge potential. Teams would kill for prospects like that. If the Texans had been able to draft Dillard at pick 23, he would likely be their starting LT. In Philly, he will probably sit for a year. Depth like that is rare.

There will obviously be tremendous focus on Carson Wentz, but the play of the OL will have a huge impact on whether this team gets back to 2017 form.

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Some more love for Kelce. From a piece on the most underappreciated players in the league.

Kelce had the highest win-contribution metric for any center in the NFL last season. My favorite stat on him: No center kept opposing defenders at least five feet from his quarterback on passing downs more than Kelce last season (24.1%; next closest was 18.8%). Measuring O-line play this way helps quantify “stopping pressure” or “clean pockets” and it shows Kelce set the standard for elite at his position last season.

Interesting stat. Charting stuff like that must take forever.

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Roob wrote a piece on Mailata.

The drafting of Dillard didn’t mean bad things for Mailata. The Eagles shifted him to RT for the spring. They still have high hopes for the big man.

This year should be very different for Mailata. A year ago, he had no idea what was going on. Things are very different this time around.

Last year, yeah, it was crazy,” he said. “It’s day and night for me from I walked in last year till now. Everything. Understanding the playbook, understanding the technique — everything. I always think about it. I like to reflect and tell myself how far I’ve come. It’s like night and day. Put the old footage on. Oh God. I was crazy the whole time. I was watching it today. Gives me a chance to reflect how far I’ve come.

We know he’s physically gifted. I want to see technical growth from Mailata. That would show that he’s really starting to understand the complexities of football. And it would give us tremendous excitement for his future.

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One Comment on “Strong Up Front”

  1. 1 分类目录 said at 8:18 AM on May 28th, 2019:

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