By default or by choice, Andre Dillard is the Philadelphia Eagles starter at left tackle.
He hasn’t even played his second season of NFL football yet. He’s one of the most maligned Eagles on the roster already in spite of the fact that he’s only started four games in his professional career. There have been questions about everything from his ability to his mental toughness, but make no mistake about it.
If Andre Dillard goes down in 2020, the Eagles might have a bit of a problem, and it’s easy to see how. During the most recent offseason, they said goodbye to two of the best options that they had at left tackle, the newly departed Halapoulivaati Vaitai and the future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Jason Peters.
Philly’s reliance on Dillard was created by their own decision making. There’s nothing wrong with a team making the decision to roll with the guy they spent a first-round selection on. Still, when there are reports that this guy doesn’t attack the challenge of playing right tackle and instead makes excuses for failing before the game even begins and when there are reports that he cried inconsolably when his coaches were tough on him in practice, there is a reason to worry.
Regardless of how it came to fruition, seeing as how, at the time of this story being published, Philly hasn’t made a move to reacquire Jason Peters Dillard’s role is important. If he falters or gets hurt, the Eagles may be looking at starting Prince Tega Wanogho or an undrafted Julian Good-Jones. That’s if they even make the final 53-man roster.