Young OL

Posted: June 24th, 2019 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The Eagles have a really talented offensive line. Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson are as good a trio as you’ll find in the league. The Eagles are lucky that they also have good backups and some interesting rookies.

Here is an interesting practice video from PE.com.

You can’t tell a lot from that, but it is fun to see Jeff Stoutland in action. OL coaches are always entertaining. He seemed excited by three players, Big V and rookies Nate Herbig and Casey Tucker. These were isolated moments, but they were still interesting.

Big V moved to OG this spring so I’m sure Stoutland has paid very close attention to him. If Brandon Brooks is delayed in coming back from his injury, Big V could be in line to start. Stefen Wisniewski could also start. The coaches would likely let them battle for the job. Big V is bigger and stronger so don’t rule him out. He could win the job.

Vaitai has started 17 regular season games, but none of them at OG. He has plenty to learn. The spring practices were critical for him, giving V a chance to adjust to his new position and get constant feedback on the spot.

As for the rookies, Herbig is a guy I had mixed feelings about, but he is a Pederson/Stoutland type of OL. They like big, thick, powerful blockers. Check, check and check. Herbig is 6-4, 334. The question is whether he’s athletic enough to do all the movement blocking the Eagles like in the run game and if he can be a consistent pass protector.

I don’t think Herbig has a great chance to make the team, but that’s due more to good OL depth than anything he’s done. If Herbig plays well this summer, the Eagles will have to figure out what to do with him.

Tucker was signed when Chris Long retired and a roster spot opened up. Tucker played at Stanford and then transferred to Arizona State for his final season. Tucker is 6-6, 315 and has the kind of nasty disposition the Eagles love in their blockers. He’s got some fun highlights.

With Big V playing OG and Jason Peters getting plenty of time off this summer, the Eagles needed someone to help eat up reps.

Tucker is a limited athlete so he’s a major long shot, but he’s at least got Stout’s attention.

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It was also fun to see Jordan Mailata in action. His athleticism jumps out in videos like this.

Most OL are more football players than athletes so they are at their best with the pads on and live hitting. Mailata is still learning football so he jumps out when he’s moving in space. The challenge for Mailata will be showing he’s becoming a football player and not just an athletic project.

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Jimmy Bama started his dumpster fire series today. These are always fun.

https://twitter.com/JimmyKempski/status/1143214773863112704

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One Comment on “Young OL”

  1. 1 Eagles News: PFF says Philadelphia has the NFL’s second best interior defender tandem – SportsHeadlines.News said at 12:04 PM on June 25th, 2019:

    […] Young OL – Iggles BlitzBig V moved to OG this spring so I’m sure Stoutland has paid very close attention to him. If Brandon Brooks is delayed in coming back from his injury, Big V could be in line to start. Stefen Wisniewski could also start. The coaches would likely let them battle for the job. Big V is bigger and stronger so don’t rule him out. He could win the job. Vaitai has started 17 regular season games, but none of them at OG. He has plenty to learn. The spring practices were critical for him, giving V a chance to adjust to his new position and get constant feedback on the spot. […]