Getting even better with time: Eagles O-Line Notes Week 16
The Eagles kept Jalen Hurts well protected Sunday afternoon against the Giants. New York couldn’t get any pressure in the backfield, having just six pressures over 32 passing attempts. After allowing Washington to sack Hurts three times on Tuesday, the Eagles’ offensive line didn’t allow a single one Sunday.
Eagles Offensive Line Grades per PFF:
- Lane Jonhson: 83.3 (84.5 pass blocking)
- Landon Dickerson: 75.6 (88 pass blocking)
- Jason Kelce: 65.1 (68.6 pass blocking)
- Nate Herbig: 63.5 (52.4 pass blocking)
- Jordan Mailata: 61.7 (86.2 pass blocking)
Nate Herbig had by far the worst game of the group, allowing four of the team’s six pressures and all three quarterback hits. Outside of Herbig, the Eagles’ line allowed zero pressures and quarterback hits, which is tremendous.
The other two pressures were allowed by Boston Scott and tight end Jack Stoll. This game was by far their best showing of the season in terms of pass protection, and the Eagles’ 34 points scored were a testament to that.
Since it was a blowout, several Eagles backups got some time to prove their worth. After missing time on the injured reserve list, Jack Anderson finally got to play. Sua Opeta saw some time after heading to the bench following his dominant performance against Washington.
Backup tackle Brett Toth played a few snaps as well, posting a 71.8 run-blocking grade, the second-best among the team. Doing well against this Giants team in such a short time isn’t much, but it’s still promising to see these guys play the way they did.
Hopefully, this group can do better against Washington this time around in a crucial playoff matchup. Philadelphia’s front five didn’t do bad, especially with how dominant the WFT’s defensive line is. Having Dickerson back after missing last Tuesday should help, especially against Jonathan Allen.
I can’t forget to include Lane Jonhson’s receiving touchdown on the goal line in the second half. There is nothing better in football than an offensive lineman scoring, and Johnson was well deserving. Hopefully, a Jordan Mailata goal line package is next.
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