3 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles should be concerned about Andre Dillard

Andre Dillard (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Andre Dillard #77 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Andre Dillard #77 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Dillard doesn’t possess a skill this team seems to be in love with.

Earlier, it was mentioned that Vaitai’s versatility is one of his forgotten qualities and a trait that isn’t grown on trees. What wasn’t mentioned is how high of a premium the Eagles organization places on guys who share that same quality.

Isaac Seumalo is revered for his ability to play multiple positions along the offensive line, and as of right now, he’s the best option Philly has to play center if Jason Kelce calls it a career. Much of the money Malcolm Jenkins made in an Eagles jersey came because he could play the slot corner and safety role because he had value on special teams and because he didn’t mind sticking his head in on a few tackles.

The ‘Birds’ like running backs that can run and catch the ball. They like guys who can play both corner and safety. Where they tend to lose interest is in guys who play one position, offensive tackle for instance, and they aren’t sold that the guy is fully ready to be on the field.

We aren’t certain Dillard is better than Jason Peters, even if Peters is old. We know for a fact that he can’t play both left and right tackle like ‘Big V’. We saw what happened when Philly tried that last year, but then again, there were moments where he filled in as a blocking tight end in goal-line situations and he made key blocks that led to points.

You can’t talk about the guys’ flaws and not mention his strengths.

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The Philadelphia Eagles must consider that Andre Dillard may not be ready to start in the NFL. He may be at some point. Heck, he has to be at some point, but he may not be ready right now. It’s a long way before we get to September though. Let’s hope any theories that they’re concerned about his development are wrong. Let’s also hope that he develops into a legitimate starting tackle very quickly.