What if Nakobe Dean isn't ready?
Ready or not, here he comes. Just in case you have been living under a rock, here's your update. T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White both left the Eagles during the most recent free-agency frenzy which means Nakobe Dean is the quarterback of Philly's defense.
Slap a green dot on the back of his helmet. Things are about to get interesting.
We have toyed around with notions and theories about whether or not Sean Desai will try, in part, to recreate some of what all of these Bulldogs did at Georgia. We've been asking about whether or not Nakobe Dean is ready for a year now and what the Eagles should do if he isn't what we think he is.
Maybe we should ask another question. Is the rest of the NFL ready for him? Maybe we, instead of asking whether or not Nakobe isn't what we hope, maybe we should ask this. What if he is?
Is Cam Jurgens as good a right guard as Isaac Seumalo or will he be beaten out by rookie Tyler Steen?
The Eagles' positional battles at wide receiver, cornerback, and linebacker figure to deliver some must-see television this summer. Most of us believe the discussions about the offensive line won't be as interesting.
It feels like we have figured things out how things will pan out along the offensive front... and for good reason. Four of the five starting positions are locked and loaded: Jordan Mailata (left tackle), Landon Dickerson (left guard), Jason Kelce (center), and Lane Johnson (right tackle).
The belief is Cam Jurgens will fill the void left at right guard that now exists thanks to Isaac Seumalo's departure. The latter was a much bigger loss than some realize. The Birds will do all that they can to help Jurgens along the way to get him more involved this season, but don't forget about that Tyler Steen fellow. What if he turns in a better training camp during the offseason?
Jason Kelce was recently quoted as saying that Cam would have been ready had he been called upon last season. Steen is coming off of a Second-Team All-SEC nod following his final season at the collegiate level.