Philadelphia Eagles get another stud lineman back during phase-2 of OTAs

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Here’s something of note if you missed it. The Philadelphia Eagles quietly shifted from rookie minicamp to the second phase of their offseason workouts as several of the team’s veterans made their way to the NovaCare Complex during the third full week in May.

Perhaps you were wrapped up in the fact that Zach Ertz was absent. That’s understandable if you were. Maybe there’s a chance that you were thinking about Jalen Hurts’ statements about embracing competition or the eloquent parallel that he draws between competition and being on time with the rent (the Inside The Iggles staff loved that one). No one would blame you if that’s the case either.

It can’t be ignored that one of their stud offensive linemen was back at practice though. How’s that for good news?

Attention Philadelphia Eagles fans, Brandon Brooks is back.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Brandon Brooks, but made sure they got a few flicks of B.G. and posted them to their social media accounts. Check them out. This will definitely make you smile if you’re a Birds fan!.

That smile on Brandon Graham’s face tells the entire tale.

Here are a few things to mull over if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

It looks like the band is tuning up, and there’s a little excitement in the Eagles fan base. Having one of the best right sides of any offensive line back on the field in 2021 will do that for you. Not only is Brooks back, but Lane Johnson appears to be ready to go as well.

The latter is Philly’s starting right tackle, and though he’s dealt with injuries for the better part of the last three NFL seasons, he might be as healthy as he’s been in quite some time.

Brooks has dealt with his share of injuries as well. After suffering a torn Achilles versus the New Orleans Saints on January 13th of 2019 during the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, he was able to return for the 2019 season. He started all 16 games, but he dislocated his shoulder in the final regular-season game. The theory was he’d be back for 2020’s run. He wasn’t.

Prior to the start of the most recent NFL season, Brooks tore his Achilles in June. The Philadelphia Eagles placed him on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list at the start of camp in August. He was able to begin practicing with the team again on December 30th, but he was never elevated to the active roster.

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Now, with a new coaching staff, the second that he’s seen in Philadelphia, and with some added motivation, 79 looks to return to the form that earned him three consecutive Pro Bowl nods from 2017 to 2019. Some of the Inside The Iggles staff is betting that his buddy Lane Johnson can get there. Don’t be shocked if Mr. Brooks joins him at the close of the 2021-2022 season.