Help is on the way: Eagles O-Line notes Week 6
Against a solid front seven on Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line stood tall despite the 28-22 loss to Tampa Bay. Jalen Hurts and the offense struggled the entire night, but it was not the offensive line’s fault. Everyone had a good showing across the board, and with players getting healthy and the schedule getting easier, it will only improve.
Eagles blocking graders per PFF:
- Jordan Mailata: 76.1 (77.2 pass block)
- Jack Driscoll: 68.6 (79 pass block)
- Andre Dillard: 60.5 (64.6 pass block)
- Jason Kelce: 59 (47 pass block)
- Landon Dickerson: 58.1 (72 pass block)
Philly ran 52 plays on offense, 38 of which were passing plays, eight more than they did against the Panthers last Sunday. Driscoll and Mailata are much better improvements, increasing their pass blocking grade by ten points each. Landon Dickerson had arguably his best game yet and looked to be improving with every snap.
Andre Dillard, who had a great start to the season, was the weak link on Thursday by a mile. Dillard, who just allowed one pressure against Carolina, committed five on Thursday night. Luckily none led to a sack but still a disappointing thing to see. The rest of the Eagles’ starters only let up one pressure each, compared to the group’s ten from last week.
Zach Ertz went out on a high note, finishing with a team-high 80.2 pass-blocking grade. At first glance, it looks like Jason Kelce was having a down season in pass protection, averaging a 58.8 pass-blocking grade on the season. However, it turns out that is relatively normal for his career, averaging a 62 last season and a 53.3 in 2016. Despite the concerns in the pass game, his run-blocking has been just as dominant and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Help is on the way for the Eagles this week. Lane Johnson is officially back per his Twitter account this morning, while Sua Opeta was just lifted off the COVID list. When Brandon Brooks was first hurt, Lane Johnson stated he would be out eight weeks, so he likely won’t be back until around week ten. In the meantime, Philly is getting ready for the Las Vegas Raiders, who have the best pass rush this season, according to PFF.
Mandatory Credit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers