Matt Pryor was the favorite to backup Brooks in the 2020 season, but do the Philadelphia Eagles trust him enough to make him the starter?
Third-year guard Matt Pryor is the least glamorous option out of these three players, but he could very well be one of the best. Standing at a towering six-foot-seven, Pryor was forced to play in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks after Brooks injured his shoulder. Despite the loss, Pryor performed very well and made his name known around the organization. Prior to the Brandon Brooks injury, Pryor was projected to be the backup to the guard position which makes him the favorite to be the in-house backup to Brooks.
The issue with Pryor is the sample size that we have. He’s only appeared in 12 games over his first two seasons, and while he’s impressed in each one, a 16-game season is exhausting. Brooks was able to handle that workload, but a young guy like Pryor may not be able to do the same thing. We all saw flashes of potential last year, but consistency is important among offensive linemen and we simply haven’t seen enough from Pryor to know if he is ready to replace a three-time Pro Bowl nod.
There are a lot of options at right guard for the Eagles and as much as the front office would like to sit back and evaluate their choices, they may not be able to. Other teams are looking at Warford and Peters and might snatch them up before the Eagles get a chance to sign them. Even though it’s the offseason, time is of the essence for the Philadelphia Eagles right now.