3 Philadelphia Eagles with much to gain following Lane Johnson injury

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Andre Dillard’s stock is definitely rising for this Philadelphia Eagles team.

Okay, this one sounds a little like the Driscoll argument. How can Andre Dillard‘s value increase without him playing a single snap in 2020’s regular season? The better question is how can it not?

Philly’s first-round selection, a man that everyone thought would take over for Jason Peters, was sidelined with a season-ending injury before a single snap of real football that counted towards the win-loss total was ever played.

Since then, Jason Peters was asked about a position switch. He held the team to ransom. Philly buckled. Peters stunk it up, and whether out of necessity or something else, Jordan Mailata stepped in and saved the day.

Peters won’t be back in 2021. At least, most Eagles fans hope not, and now, following Lane Johnson’s injury, and, even before that, with Brandon Brooks‘ injury, this team’s offensive line looks like a much different version of itself than it was supposed to look like in Week 1. Oh, and then, there’s this. Jason Kelce may retire after this season wraps.

That’s not all either. Can you imagine what happens if Johnson and Brooks are still bothered by injuries in 2021? Depth is a huge concern for the Birds.

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It isn’t an issue of whether or not Dillard will be back in 2021. He’ll be back. Philly doesn’t have a choice in the matter, and as strange as it may sound, his absence in 2020 might be a huge reason why that’s the case. There’s no positive tape to grade him on. Then again, in his absence, there aren’t any bad plays to agonize over either. All that has been said to say this, thanks to frustrating play by his teammates, Dillard’s stock is rising without him playing a single offensive snap during the 2020 campaign.