There have been ten practices, and we’ve seen Dillard leave with an injury, Johnson sit out because he can’t go, and Jason Peters limp on and off of the field from time to time. That once stellar starting offensive line that we were sold on is now in shambles. Keep in mind the fact that Brandon Brooks also suffered his third season-ending injury in less than two calendar years when he tore his Achilles on June 15th.
Here’s what the Eagles’ starting offensive line looked like on Thursday: Jordan Mailata (left tackle), Isaac Seumalo (left guard), Jason Kelce (center), Nate Herbig (right guard), and Matt Pryor (right tackle). That isn’t going to get it done versus the San Francisco 49ers or the Dallas Cowboys. It might not get the job done versus the Los Angeles Rams.
If bringing back guys who are already familiar with the offensive system isn’t an option (Casey Tucker), the available free agents aren’t going to get your blood boiling (Marshall Newhouse is out there, but he’s almost 32 years old). During the most recent NFL selection meeting, the ‘Birds’ drafted both of the Auburn Tigers’ starting tackles from the 2019 campaign.
Sound the trumpets folks. All hands on deck. This is what you might call an emergency. It’s time to get these guys up to speed. Jack Driscoll has been a stud at practice, but mostly, he’s played some right tackle in Lane Johnson’s absence, the same position he played at Auburn. We’re not sure if he can hold down the left side, but given his versatility (most thought he would play guard and could play center), it may be worth a shot.
His former and current teammate, Prince Tega Wanogho may be the more natural left tackle, but he’s battled injuries for a while. He’s also buried on the Eagles depth chart, seemingly behind Mailata. here’s the question though. With everything we’ve seen from the Aussie, what makes us believe that Prince is worse. It might be time for a crash course unless, of course, Philly moves ‘The Bodyguard’ back to his natural position.