Is this the Philadelphia Eagles’ biggest strength?
Interior Offensive Line (5): Isaac Seumalo, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Nate Herbig
There might not be a better position group on the roster. Isaac Seumalo will start the year at left guard. The sixth-year lineman has come a long way since 2016 and is solid in both the run and pass game. There isn’t much to say about Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks other than the fact that they are All-Pro caliber players. Brooks will be returning after another season-ending injury that kept him sidelined in 2020.
Philly added Landon Dickerson who had his injury issues during his college career especially during his time at Florida State. In his two seasons at Alabama, he started 24 straight games until he suffered an ACL injury. He has the potential to be an all-world talent and a top-20 player from the 2020 draft class if healthy.
While he is expected to be Kelce’s replacement down the road, don’t be surprised if he takes Seumalo’s spot at some point this year. He also has experience at all five positions on the line if the Eagles are depleted at the tackle positions at any point.
Nate Herbig was an underrated big man last year and made tremendous strides as a pass protector. The former undrafted free agent still needs to improve in the run game especially when he is pulling. He has lost weight this offseason to do just that and will back up both guard spots. That means that Matt Pryor does not make the final 53. He will have an uphill battle this August after what was a poor showing in 2020.
Two more names to watch during training camp are Ross Pierschbacher and Luke Juriga. Pierschbacher was added to the roster in December of 2020 off of Washington’s practice squad. The Alabama lineman was drafted in the fifth round in 2019. In his first full season with Jeff Stoutland, he could be a surprise addition to this group.
Juriga was the team’s highest-paid undrafted free agent in 2020. Many believe he would’ve been drafted if not for the concerns about his size. We have heard that criticism of a center before (Kelce).