How the Eagles offensive line depth-chart is shaping up through training camp
Throughout training camp, we have seen various injuries to the Philadelphia Eagles, from the wide receivers to linebackers. Almost every position group has been affected. But once again, the offensive line are the ones dealing with injuries the most.
Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, and Nate Herbig have all missed significant time in the last few weeks. The good news is that Brooks was back at practice yesterday while Seumalo is on track to return in the coming days. It’s likely both could be ready to go for Thursday’s preseason opener.
While their injuries caused some issues like Jalen Hurts struggling in the pocket, it allowed us to see what the offensive line’s depth chart is looking like this season. Looking at the guards, Brooks and Seumalo are the clear starters this season, but there have been some significant changes in the backup roles.
Nate Herbig was banged up a bit earlier in camp, and Sua Opeta got a chance and is now getting first-team reps over Herbig at left guard. Nate, in the meantime, has been taking some snaps and is the de facto backup center until Landon Dickerson is healthy. Cross-training between guard and center is incredibly common so this isn’t at all shocking. Most guards learn to snap as early as high school and can transition almost seamlessly.
On the right side of the football, Jack Driscoll has slid inside to guard after gaining over 20 pounds this offseason. Driscoll is playing at both positions during training camp and is getting first-team snaps at RG in Brooks’ absence. Brett Toth has gotten RT reps but has struggled against the Eagles’ defensive line. Matt Pryor has also seen some backup reps at RT but doesn’t look like he’s improved much this season.
Based on how the Eagles want to trim down their roster, the three guys likely fighting for a roster spot include Andre Dillard, Brett Toth, and Matt Pryor. Dillard has struggled immensely in the first few weeks of camp, and it’s shocking to see such a quick decline from the former first-round pick.
There’s a chance these guys could perform better in a game setting, but that seems doubtful. Philly has enough depth across the entire line between Herbig, Opeta, Dickerson, and Driscoll. Hopefully, the Eagles’ o-line doesn’t battle the same issues as last season but they’ll be well equipped to handle any injuries this upcoming season.
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