2019 might be the year where Isaac Seumalo slides into the role of being seen as the next great Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman.
Ladies and gentlemen, as of Sunday, June 30th, Philadelphia Eagles fans can hang their hats on two things. One, we’re 70 days away from football that counts. Second, training camp is officially less than a month away. Expect to hear a lot about Philly’s offensive line between now and September. With that being said, Isaac Seumalo may be one of those names you can get used to talking about.
After all, the words ‘next man up’ have been said quite a few times over the past few seasons.
The Eagles have a very real shot at having one of the best offensive lines in all of the NFL this upcoming season, but there’s a few things that you can’t ignore if you look at this team objectively.
One, you can’t rush Brandon Brooks back to being one-hundred percent. That torn Achilles came just a little over five months ago. Second, we all know that every time Jason Peters gets up off of the turf slowly, every fan or coach of this team will have a knot in their throats.
Peters, despite being a legend, always seems as though he’s an inch away from a season-ending injury. Yes, this Eagles team is talented along the offensive line, but thinking about things like that make the mind wander. If there are one or two injuries, this team is going to need every ounce of depth that we keep hearing about.
That may mean they’ll rely on the man seen as the offensive line’s most versatile weapon. According to Philly’s offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland, Seumalo will be ready for any role he’s asked to fill.
This quote comes courtesy of CBS Philly’s Joseph Santoliquito:
"You’re talking about a guy who is athletic, smart and versatile. You saw it when he went out and played some at right tackle (as a rookie in 2016 against Baltimore) and played good football. He’s a young player who is coming on for us. He’s learning every day. It’s a difficult position to master and I’m pleased with the progress that Isaac is making. I like the way he’s playing football for us."
Expect Seumalo to play a bigger role along the offensive line in 2019. He’ll be ready. Stoutland knows it. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson knows it. Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh. knows it, and if anyone doubts whether or not Seumalo is up to the task, then write this one down.
We may be looking at the next step in the development in one of Philly’s next great offensive linemen. How’s that for a controversial statement?