The Philadelphia Eagles offensive line was a major part of the team’s offensive success this past season, boasting two Pro Bowlers in offensive guard Evan Mathis and offensive tackle Jason Peters. The future of the offense under Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is heavily based on the running game, so the success of the offensive line as a unit is necessary.
Despite the strong play last season, the offensive line needs to be an off-season priority. Mathis, Peters, and Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Todd Herremans are all over the age of thirty. Although these players are still performing on the field at a high level, the age factor has to be taken into consideration. Questions about deterioration and injury need to be addressed especially because of past injury problems with Peters and Herremans. The horrific 2012 season was enough proof that injury problems on the offensive line can be devastating to an entire team.
Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce has established himself as a formidable starter after three seasons, and rookie Eagles tackle Lane Johnson showed good promise and potential for the future. The Philadelphia Eagles need to build depth on the offensive line behind these two young starters as an insurance policy for the veterans and a building block for the future. The Eagles have offseason needs on defense and at the wide receiver position that are sure to come up in both free agency and the draft. However, the offensive line needs to be addressed with a focus on younger players.