4 Philadelphia Eagles who need to have a breakout season in 2020

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Andre Dillard poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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77. player. 54. . . . Andre Dillard, left tackle

The expectations for Jason Peters‘ heir are sky-high. We knew that Andre Dillard had some big shoes to fill when he was selected, and it’s now his time to reward the faith that’s been placed in him. Peters voiced his eagerness to return for one more season, and as we all know, Philly might have to make a tough decision on the 38-year-old. Still, the best course of action at this point may be to let ‘The Bodyguard’ walk and give Dillard the starting job next season.

Last year’s first-round pick was praised by quite a few scouts for his skill and tenacity and because he had a good showing in training camp. Sure, Peters was always going to be the starter, but the selection of Dillard should pay off in the long run.

During the 2019 season, Andre saw action in all 16 games and started in the four that Peters sat out with injury. While on the field for 337 offensive snaps, Dillard allowed only four sacks and had just one penalty. Although he saw limited action, this year was a promising start for the 24-year-old.

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Having Jason Peters as a mentor doesn’t hurt either. Sometimes, having a rookie sit and learn is the best option. Not only did Dillard get to learn from the sidelines, but he also got a taste of what starting in the NFL is like.

There is a ton of excitement around this guy, and if he gets his shot in 2020, he might show everyone why the Eagles drafted him 22nd overall. Don’t be surprised if this is the start of a very special career.