The Philadelphia Eagles barely squeaked by a tough Carolina Panthers team in Week 5, and they’re going to need more fortifications to their offensive line to make it through the remainder of the season.
Chris Roling of Bleacher Report recently revealed a list of what every NFL team should trade for right now, and Philly could use a quality OL to patch up their current injury-ravaged line.
Roling writes of the Eagles’ offensive line injuries so far:
It doesn’t help that Isaac Seumalo and Brandon Brooks sit on reserve lists, left tackle Andre Dillard has only started three games… Jordan Mailata, at the same spot, has played in just three games, and right tackle Lane Johnson has missed two over the first five.
Philly has gotten used to playing the game of musical chairs with their offensive linemen in recent years, but the constant changes only hurt Jalen Hurts’ prospects. This is a young QB trying to ingratiate himself in the Eagles franchise and make a case for why Philly should put their future hopes and dreams in him.
During the Eagles’ 1-3 start, Hurts was sacked eight times, and he recorded two interceptions.
The Philadelphia Eagles are desperate elite play along the offensive line.
It’s beginning to feel as though Philly’s plan is to put Hurts through as many pressure-packed situations as possible to see if he’s made of diamonds or glass (we’re joking of course), but in all seriousness, the Eagles may be sabotaging Hurts’ chances of developing into a potentially elite QB. They might also be sabotaging the possibility of a winning season in 2021.
Besides, so many offensive linemen have entered and exited the revolving door, and one measly trade wouldn’t change anything for the worse. Of the Eagles’ trade options, Roling writes:
Given the presence of so many draft assets, the Eagles could easily cough up a mid-round pick to a team like Atlanta for a 2019 first-round pick such as Kaleb McGary. It’s not only insurance but also potentially a long-term solution at a tackle spot.
The Philadelphia Eagles know they have an offensive line problem when they look at their starters and alternates and can’t figure out who to play next. At the very least, trading for a promising first-round pick like McGary would give the Eagles an identity and a clearer vision of how to mold their current ragtag team of O-linemen into a strong QB-protecting unit.
Rather than choose the better of two evils on their roster, Philly can look for external options to boost their O-line. Hurts needs the help, and he needs it quickly.