Eagles activation of Landon Dickerson has a few prospects sweating

Landon Dickerson #51, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Landon Dickerson #51, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Here’s one of those ‘good news and bad news’ scenarios. It’s good for the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s bad for some of the guys on the back half of the roster. The Birds have activated Rodney McLeod from the Physically Unable to Perform list and their second-round selection of the most recent NFL Draft, Landon Dickerson from the Non-football Injury list.

Both are now able to practice with their teammates, and business has officially picked up. Click here for more from the team’s official website, but since we’re on the subject, let’s talk about what that means for Philly’s offensive line, always a popular topic around these parts

You can officially kick a few Philadelphia Eagles off of this roster.

Landon Dickerson might be the best interior offensive lineman that was available during the most recent selection meeting. He was a First-team All-SEC nod in 2020 as well as the winner of the Rimington Trophy and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He was also a unanimous All-American.

We might be looking at a potential starter and the eventual replacement for Jason Kelce. That should allow a few smiles to creep across several faces, but for several young prospects who are trying to make waves, this one has them sweating bullets.

Here are a few obvious names that fall on that list.

Ross Pierschbacher, center/guard

Like Dickerson, Ross Pierschbacher cut his teeth at Alabama as a member of the Crimson Tide. He’s a former fifth-round draft choice that probably wasn’t going to make this team anyway, but his addition to the roster looks even more like an impossibility now.

Sua Opeta, guard

Here’s someone that Birds fans know well, but in terms of the depth chart and a potential roster spot, Nate Herbig might be someone that this organization values higher. Philly will, no doubt, keep Sua Opeta‘s number on speed dial.

Kayode Awosika, guard/tackle

Here’s someone else who seemed as though they had an uphill battle to make the roster. He should be released on Tuesday.

Matt Pryor, guard tackle

Matt Pryor can’t play and should have been released already. He’s only here because the team is familiar with him. Landon Dickerson is already better, and he hasn’t played a down of football yet.

Le’Raven Clark, offensive tackle

Le’Raven Clark feels like someone that had a shot, and he still might. Still, the news of Dickerson’s activation could mean that Clark falls victim to the numbers game.

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Again, the activation of Dickerson and McLeod has to be seen as good news for the Philadelphia Eagles, and in the end, that’s what’s most important. Team needs must take precedent. These other guys should get opportunities on the practice squad or on the practice squads or rosters of other teams though. For the most part, they’ve proven that they deserve a shot somewhere.