Eagles O-Line Notes: Week 3
Week 3 turned out to be the worst week of Eagles football yet. A must-win game against the 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals and it ends with a 23-23 tie in overtime. The O-Line had a bit of a change going into this week and those changes weren’t bad. Overall the group did pretty solid and was nothing to write home about, except Jason Peters.
My god, this was absolutely horrifying to watch. Peters looked absolutely cooked out on the field. Nearly all of Wentz’s pressures or sacks came from the Left Tackle spot. There was no saving grace to his game whatsoever.
At 38 years old, there wasn’t much left in the tank but through two games it appeared that Peters was still able to hold up. A couple of mishaps here and there but nothing that even compares to the week 3 disaster. Right off the bat, Peters just looked pure LAZY. That is the last word you want to hear about your most important blocker. Peters got the nickname “The Bodyguard” because he protected Wentz and other QB’s at their most important spot, their blindside. Without that, a QB will have no room to produce and always be under pressure.
I am not blaming Peters for all of Wentz’s mishaps a lot of those were from Wentz himself but Peters didn’t make life easier for him at all. Let’s take a look at Carl Lawson’s pressures from this week.
This first one was too easy for Carl Lawson. Lawson pressures outside of Peters’ shoulder and immediately breaks Peters hand engagement. This allows Lawson to rip upfield and get past Peters but misses the sack. First off, we all know Jason isn’t an agile tackle anymore. His handwork should still be there and Lawson isn’t a world-beater like Aaron Donald with an unstoppable move. That was a basic rush it wasn’t even fancy. Peters should be good enough to keep his hands engaged on that play.
This next one targets the other weakness of Peters. Now Lawson knows he has Peters overstepping if he is unable to keep initial contact, so Lawson goes underneath. He oversteps to get Peters reeling and cuts underneath to get the easy sack. The form here by Peters is god awful. The most basic lessons a linemen is taught in Pass Pro, is to always stay square and never step over yourself, and never overcompensate on a protection. Here, Peters did both of those. This is heavily alarming but I don’t think they move away from Peters. They should slide Jack Driscoll there if he is comfortable but that’s the only move I would consider.
Between his already deteriorated athletic ability and now the loss of basic hand fighting, there needs to be a change soon. The Eagles knew they didn’t want to be in this position but Cordy Glenn or Jack Driscoll need to be in the conversation.
Another note was Herbig and Pryor seemed to switch Guard responsibilities, unsure as to why but both played well at their respective positions so nothing major to write about there.
The Eagles catch a big break next week. The San Francisco 49ers had the best defensive line in football before the losses of Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas are both on IR with ACL tears and done for the season. Dee Ford also was out week 3 with a back injury so this line is nowhere near the force it was.
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