Well, you had to know that Andre Dillard would start for the Philadelphia Eagles at some point, didn’t you? Well, didn’t you?
Rookie left tackle Andre Dillard has a message for Philadelphia Eagles fans and everyone else who will be watching ‘The Birds’ and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. It appears the rookie is ready, but that’s the Eagles way, isn’t it? They’re underdogs who are constantly employing that ‘next man up’ mantra.
Entering this Week 7 clash of long-time rivals, Philly’s a two-and-half-point underdog, per actionnetwork.com. Both teams are without their starting left tackle. That means the job of protecting Carson Wentz‘s blindside falls on Dillard.
"I’m very ready. I prepare every week as if I’m going to play, so I’m just doing that again this week in case whatever happens, happens. (Jason Peters) has been a great teacher, mentor, (and) big brother figure for me since I got here. I’ve learned so much as a player just from being around him, talking to him all the time, picking his brain here and there. Just a lot of useful things that I’ve learned as a player and as a person."
Let’s rewind the calendar back a few months. When Andre Dillard entered the 2019 NFL Draft, he was seen by most of the experts as the second-best offensive tackle of the draft class. Many figured him to be a top-ten or a top-15 draft selection, but when slid into the twenties, Philly saw fit to trade up three spots, get in front of the Houston Texans, and take Dillard with the 22nd-overall selection.
He’s been sitting behind the future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Jason Peters and learning, but on Sunday, his first start comes under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football. ‘Jerry’s World’, AT&T Stadium, is the stage. The rookie’s got a huge test coming with the likes of Robert Quinn and company. This should be fun.