Andre Dillard’s injury now leaves the Eagles with a glaring problem with depth on the offensive line.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Eagles starting left tackle Andre Dillard tore his biceps at training camp Thursday. The injury will most likely result in season-ending surgery next week. Dillard suffered the injury during one-on-one drills in practice.
Eagles’ left tackle Andre Dillard tore his bicep at practice this morning and most likely will need season-ending surgery next week, as @Realdgunn reported. Dillard was dominant in camp.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 27, 2020
Losing the former first-round pick will most likely mean that current right guard Jason Peters could be returning to his old position. Peters was originally resigned this summer to replace Brandon Brooks who suffered an Achilles injury that will prevent him from playing this season as well. Jordan Mailata filled in after Dillard was injured Thursday, but Peters should be taking over left tackle soon.
The Impact of Andre Dillard’s Injury for Eagles
With Peters looking to move back to left tackle for the Eagles, Andre Dillard and his position appear to be filled. The issue is the Eagles are back to square on with right guard. Brooks is out for the season and Peters was signed to take over his position. Now the team will have to look at Matt Pryor as their starting right guard.
Pryor has been in the league for a few years, but never as a consistent starter. If everything stays as it is, this would be his first full season as a starter in the NFL. The offensive line is still in a good position to be solid with Pryor, but their depth isn’t where they need to be.
The Eagles’ backups include Jordan Mailata, Prince Tega Wanogho, Julian Good-Jones, and Jack Driscoll. Maliata has been on the team since 2018 but is a former rugby player still making a transition to football. Wanogho and Driscoll are both later round draft picks from this years’ draft. Good-Jones went undrafted in this year’s draft class. The lack of experience with the second strings has to be a concern for Philadelphia.
Can the Eagles Line Still Protect Carson Wentz?
The Eagles still have plenty of talent on the offensive line with their starters. Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, and Peters are all considered top five in their positions. Isaac Seumalo has been a solid contributor at left guard for the Eagles that earned him an extension in 2019. Carson Wentz still has a strong offensive line in front of him, but the team can’t afford any more injuries.
Philadelphia can’t take any more hits on the offensive line as they are running out of resources. If they made a move with a free agent or trade, they might not have the salary cap to handle it. Injuries continue to plague this franchise and another injury could spell doom for the Eagles. For now, they can survive, but they must be smart and aware in the future.