Peters, Mailata in the mix to replace Dillard at LT
With Andre Dillard missing the upcoming 2020 season with a biceps injury, it would only be natural for the Eagles to plug-in Jason Peters at left tackle. It would seem that Doug Pederson has other ideas, however.
Doug Pederson said Jason Peters is “in the conversation” at left tackle but said Eagles will also look at Jordan Mailata, Jack Driscoll and Matt Pryor.
“We have some options.”
— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) August 29, 2020
Peters was originally brought back to play RG this season in the absence of Brandon Brooks. The 16-year veteran would make the most sense in switching back to LT, having only given up 3 sacks in 872 snaps at the position last season for the Eagles. Penalties have been a concern over recent years along with his age. He’s committed 19 penalties over the last two seasons (12 of them false starts) and he’s had to come out of games a number of times due to injury. Perhaps having no fans in stadiums this year will help with the penalties and as far as reserve left tackles go, you could do a lot worse than the 9-time Pro Bowler.
Hell of a safety blitz pickup by Jason Peters.
Dude is still a brick wall at 37 years old. pic.twitter.com/8UCpGy8QyO
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) September 28, 2019
Another name Doug had mentioned is the 23-year-old Jordan Mailata, who has yet to play a game in 2 seasons. Mailata has ended both seasons on IR due to back injuries. The former rugby player has all the tools at 6’8″, 346 pounds. He needs to pull all that strength and athleticism together sooner rather than later to play tackle in the NFL.
Rookie lineman Jack Driscoll was also brought up to play snaps at left tackle for the Eagles. The 2020 4th-round pick is versatile enough to play multiple positions along the offensive line. Driscoll started one career game at left tackle in college.
Matt Pryor could also see time at left tackle this season, depending on where the other pieces fall. Most of Pryor’s 79 career snaps have come at right guard. The 25-year-old played well when called upon, most notably in last year’s wild-card game against Seattle.
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