Fighting through the changes: Eagles O-Line notes Week 5
Against one of the best defenses in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line stood firm and delivered another solid performance. Last week’s game against Kansas City wasn’t a bad performance, but it was still their worst showing this season. The Eagles were without Lane Johnson once again yesterday and had some injuries during the midst of the game.
Landon Dickerson went down late with an ankle injury, but Nick Sirianni said that his injury likely wouldn’t hold him out of Thursday’s game against Tampa Bay. In his absence, Nate Herbig started at left guard for 12 plays but didn’t look much better.
Eagles blocking graders per PFF:
- Andre Dillard: 67.7 (79.6 pass blocking)
- Jack Driscoll: 62.4 (69.6 pass blocking)
- Jason Kelce: 57.1 (71.3 pass blocking)
- Jordan Mailata: 52.5 (67.6 pass blocking)
- Nate Herbig: 52.3 (76.3 pass blocking)
- Landon Dickerson: 51.6 (59.8 pass blocking)
The Eagles had 46 passing plays alongside 21 rushing attempts, and the group’s weakness has been in the running game. The Panthers have a top-ten defense, so it’s not a horrible thing, but it can be improved going forward. After allowing 20 pressures last week, the Eagles gave up just ten this week.
Landon Dickerson led the way in pressures with three, while Kelce, Driscoll, and Mailata had two. Jordan Mailata was only credited with giving up one sack which should’ve been two, and nobody else allowed one.
Andre Dillard has been phenomenal in the passing game for several weeks and continued that again yesterday. Dillard led the team in pass blocking and allowed just one pressure which is impressive. Nick Sirianni was very vague when discussing Lane Johnson earlier today in his press conference. Sirianni also has his number on his visor, like Brandon Graham and Isaac Seumalo, alluding to the fact that this could be a long-term issue.
If the Eagles are without Johnson again on Thursday, Sirianni said that the offensive line would very likely remain the same, which makes sense. Keeping Mailata on the right side allows Dillard to get more reps at left tackle and continue to improve, while Mailata is the best option at right tackle.
Jason Kelce had one of the worst plays of the day when he snapped the ball over Jalen Hurts’ head and nearly gave up a touchdown. That was a freak play, and Kelce has proven to have those mistakes occur rarely.
Penalties were also not much of an issue this week. Philadelphia only committed three, with one being an illegal man downfield, which is Hurts’ fault for not getting it out quicker. Tampa Bay will be another problematic matchup, but hopefully, with a few days rest, this group will be able to come out and have another solid showing in a few days.
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