Philadelphia Eagles way-too-early roster projections: Offensive line edition

Lane Johnson (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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Depth is a certainty at tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tackles (4): Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard, Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll

This group is pretty clear-cut. Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard will be battling for the left tackle position throughout training camp and the preseason. Regardless of who wins the job, both will make the team for depth purposes.

Mailata offers versatility as he can play the right tackle position if needed. Lane Johnson will be the team’s right tackle when healthy. He will not be battling through the ankle injury that ended his 2020 season but has gone down more than once over the past few seasons.

Jack Driscoll rounds out the group as the backup right tackle. He had an impressive showing in his first NFL season. Throughout the season, he gradually improved. He had his injury issues as well but now that he is used to the wear and tear of a full NFL season, he should be good to go in 2021. Driscoll could be the future at right tackle and can slide to right guard when necessary.

The most notable name to not make the cut is veteran swing tackle Le’Raven Clark. It’s possible that the Eagles keep five tackles and cut down on another position on the roster.  It could depend upon how healthy and mobile he is coming off of a torn Achilles in 2020. If he is still not fully healthy, they could always put him on the PUP list. If he just underperforms in camp, his contract is not guaranteed so the Eagles can cut him