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Eagles O-Line Notes Week Two: Mailata, Seumalo dominate against strong 49ers defensive line

Although almost everyone was at fault for the Eagles’ 17-11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, one position group that remained just as dominant was the offensive line. Against a strong defensive line, the majority of the group stood tall, even when facing injuries. 

The primary negative outlier of the group was rookie Landon Dickerson. Dickerson was the worst of the linemen per PFF, receiving a 4.2 passing grade, allowing five pressures in 20 pass plays. Meanwhile, Jordan Mailata shut down Nick Bosa entirely, not allowing a single pressure in 33 pass plays.

Eagles offensive line grades per PFF:

  • Jordan Mailata: 91.2
  • Isaac Seumalo: 85.3
  • Jason Kelce: 72.5
  • Lane Johnson: 66.6
  • Landon Dickerson: 44
  • Brandon Brooks: 39.9

Brandon Brooks going down with another injury is devastating, especially after playing for the first time in over a season last week. Luckily, Brooks won’t be gone for the season, and the Eagles will be in good hands with Landon Dickerson. 

Although he was panned for his blocking against San Francisco, and rightfully so, things are going to be okay with Dickerson filling in at guard. Dickerson just had his first fully active practices this season the last few days and was unexpectedly thrown in against one of the best defensive lines in football. Combine that with little-to-no chemistry with Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce. It was a recipe for disaster.

Luckily, he has an extra day of practice this week and will face a much weaker defensive line with the Dallas Cowboys. If worst comes to worst and Dickerson doesn’t perform well. Nick Sirianni still has Nate Herbig available as well.

The only sack the 49ers were able to get was given up by Dallas Goedert, and the line gave up a total of seven pressures outside of Dickerson, not a bad job at all. The Eagles also should consider moving blocking superstar J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to the O-Line after registering a 77 pass-blocking grade on Sunday. 

With no Demarcus Lawrence, the Eagles’ offensive line should continue to dominate on Monday against the Dallas Cowboys while hopefully remaining healthy as the season goes on.

Writer for The Liberty Line, Host of The Flyover Podcast. You can follow me on Twitter @JackPConnell

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