Let’s revisit the 2019 season briefly.
Unsurprisingly, Peters’ most recent season was a mix of ageless excellence both on and off of the field. When the curtain closed on the season, he had graded among the best tackles in the NFL according to PFF, despite missing three games due to various injuries and making frequent trips to the bench during the regular-season schedule.
In all, in every game he started in 2019, Peters missed 25 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. That forced Andre Dillard into action. The results were a mixed bag.
In Week 9, Dillard was starting his third consecutive game, and he was faced with the monumental task of guarding former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack who brought a formative Chicago Bears pass rush with him. Despite what seemed to be an obvious advantage for Chicago, Dillard handled himself well and didn’t give up one sack in the contest.
As mentioned, there were down moments, which included the debacle versus the Seattle Seahawks. In that one, Dillard started in the place of right tackle Lane Johnson. He was benched in the second half of that one, and veteran Halapoulivaati Vaitai stepped in to take his place.
To make long stories short, Dillard’s rookie season was a rocky ride.