Can the newly-released DeCastro help the Philadelphia Eagles’ o-line?
The Philadelphia Eagles’ O-line is old. With an average age of 29.4, and three starting linemen being at least 31 years old, this position group could definitely look to get younger. However, Steelers guard David DeCastro may be too hard to pass up for the Eagles.
The Birds proved they do not shy away from successful veterans in the past few seasons, trading for Golden Tate, giving Jason Peters starting reps, and signing Ryan Kerrigan this past offseason. This openness to aged players should extend to DeCastro, who has performed well for the Steelers. He is a six-time Pro-Bowler, being selected every year since 2015, and a two-time First-Team All-Pro. He has allowed runners like Le’Veon Bell and James Conner to succeed in Pittsburgh and could do the same for a young Eagles backfield consisting of Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell, and Kerryon Johnson.
DeCastro can also come in and help ease rookie Landon Dickerson into the rotation. Dickerson was placed in an excellent situation, as this year he will learn from Kelce, Brooks, and Johnson, all-stars at their positions. If DeCastro is added to that list, Dickerson will most likely be sharing snaps with him at guard, which not only eases him into the lineup but also allows his potential nagging injuries to heal. It will also make him a better player as he hopefully can follow in DeCastro’s footsteps and become a perennial all-star.