The Philadelphia Eagles need a few more guys on the offensive side of the ball.
Noah Togiai received high praise this summer and was expected to make the roster after Josh Perkins got hurt, but the Eagles decided to stick with two tight ends as they did at the start of 2019.
That could certainly change as the season goes on. Togiai was a solid receiving threat in a below-average Oregon State offense but he couldn’t block to save his life. That changed at Eagles training camp and his blocking ability was encouraging.
If he can continue to grow in that area, he should be on the active roster at some point in the future. He’s going to be taking notes from two of the best tight ends in the game today in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, so that should aid his development.
Unfortunately, Philly decided to keep just eight offensive linemen on the active roster and waive Prince Tega Wanogho. He was expected to go much earlier in the draft than he did but fell to the Eagles in the sixth round, probably because of his injury history.
The athleticism is there, and they can continue to work on the technique. Now that Halipoulivaati Vaitai is gone and Jason Peters is playing right guard, there aren’t as many true offensive tackles on the roster.
Matt Pryor started one game at right guard last year and is a concern at left tackle. Jack Driscoll can play tackle but might train more on the interior. Jordan Mailata is a project with no experience. If Tega Wanogho shows continue growth as the weeks go on, he could end up on the roster sooner rather than later. Even if the front office decides to sign Cordy Glenn, Tega Wanogho could elevate himself over Mailata at some point.
Sua Opeta was promoted to the active roster last year so that the Eagles could hold onto him. It’s clear they value him to some extent. He could end giving this team a little more depth at guard in the future. He’s one of the strongest men on the line and definitely has a future in Philadelphia. Don’t be surprised if another team tries to sign him to their active roster though.
Luke Juriga was the Eagles’ highest-paid undrafted rookie this year. Some even think he might be able to leapfrog Herbig and become the replacement for Jason Kelce. Just like Kelce, he does a good job of getting to the second level on running plays.
He was a big reason for Levante Bellamy’s success over the course of the last two years. A year with the coaching staff Philly has assembled could be all that he needs before he jumps into the starting lineup.