Up next in my Philadelphia Eagles Player Profile or “PEPP” series is guard Josh Andrews. In this series of post, I’ll discuss each and every single player on the Eagles’ current 90-man roster, in alphabetical order. For each player, I’ll discuss their career history, measurables, individual outlook for the Eagles in 2015 and their chance to make the final 53-man roster.
Given the Eagles need for depth along the entire offensive line, Andrews could very well be battling for a final spot on Philadelphia’s roster. He has a year of experience working in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense given his time on their practice squad and that will certainly help his chances to make the cut.
After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Andrews signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent. He failed to make the team’s final roster but was signed to their practice squad, likely due to his reliability and versatility. In college at Oregon State, Andrews started 32 career games including 30 straight games throughout his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Although Andrews primarily played left guard in college, he saw some time at center with the Eagles during practices his rookie season with the team.
Josh Andrews’ measurables, according to NFLDraftScout.com.
Although he was 17 pounds lighter than Eagles starting left tackle Jason Peters was at the time, Andrews actually posted similar numbers to Peters during the pre-draft process. Peters ran a slightly faster time in the 40-yard dash but Andrews beat out Peters in bench press, vertical jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. That’s especially impressive when you consider Peters is known as one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the NFL. Clearly Andrews fits what the Eagles look for from their offensive linemen from an athletic standpoint.
Eagles’ Outlook for 2015
Andrews will be in an absolute “dog fight” during training camp to earn a roster spot along the Eagles offensive line. Kelly has brought in three undrafted free agent offensive linemen, as well as two veteran free agents in Jared Wheeler and John Moffitt. Andrews has a bit of an edge over the new faces given his year of experience working and practicing in Kelly’s scheme and at the unprecedented pace.
Tommy Lawlor of IgglesBlitz.com offered a bit more on Andrews in a piece last month, taking a closer look at the Eagles offensive line as a whole:
"JOSH ANDREWS – 6-2, 311 – OREGON STATE – UDFA — Signed with the Eagles in 2014 and earned a spot on the practice squad. Some notes from last summer.Played LG and C. Has good feet. Does a good job of extending his arms and engaging the defender. Moves well laterally and is an active blocker. If no one is across from him, finds someone to block. Must get stronger. Doesn’t anchor as well as you’d like. Limited push at the LOS. Does a solid job when blocking on the second level.It will be interesting to see if Andrews got stronger in the past year. He is a good athlete and has the versatility the Eagles like. Could be a bit of a sleeper candidate."
Chip Kelly’s #Culture Grade: 👍👍
Two thumbs up, but why? Andrews was widely regarded as a great person in the Beavers locker room during his time at Oregon State but his efforts weren’t just for the football team. Andrews participated in a Beavers Without Borders trip to Ethiopia in 2012 to help build two houses for underprivileged families. If that doesn’t scream culture, I don’t know what does.
Chance of Making Eagles Final 53-Man Roster: 50%
Andrews may not be mentioned much with other players competing along the Eagles offensive line but he should be. He’s got the versatility that the coaching staff adores and is an underrated athlete as well. When it comes to game day and only a certain amount of players can suit up, having an offensive linemen such as Andrews that can play either guard or center could help him push for a final roster spot.
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