1. Dillard struggled, and the Eagles and experts noticed.
As a rookie, according to Football Outsiders, Dillard “blew 7.8 percent of his combined pass and run blocks”. That was the worst rate among offensive linemen with 300 or more snaps.
While the circumstances of Dillard’s snaps can’t be ignored, the results are still somewhat concerning, and that helps add credence to the rumors of Peters’ potential return.
On April 30th, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn reported the Eagles and Peters had “mutual interest” in a return. Here’s a quote.
"Now, the plan was for last year’s first-round pick, Andre Dillard, to take over at left tackle but maybe they’re re-thinking that now. So, could the Birds be bringing back Peters in a backup role? Well, first of all, if Jason Peters comes back here, he’s not coming back here as a backup. I do know for a fact that Jason Peters wants to be back in Philadelphia, the Eagles want Jason Peters here. It’s only a matter of time before they get something done."
All hope isn’t lost though if you’re worried. Gunn continues.
"Now, the plan was for Dillard to hopefully be their starting left tackle but he did not progress as quickly as the Eagles had hoped he would. So, you get Peters back here for at least one more year, Dillard is his understudy for one more year, learning under a future Hall of Famer, but by 2021 Andre Dillard had better be ready to protect Carson Wentz’s blindside."