Saturday, November 28, 2015

Looking at the Eagles' new offensive line

Well, a funny thing happened to the Eagles' offensive line on the way to the NFL draft ...

Looking at the Eagles' new offensive line


Well, a funny thing happened to the Eagles' offensive line on the way to the NFL draft ...

After losing stalwarts Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan, the line suddenly has each of its presumed starters under contract until at least 2013 and all are under 30 years old.

The Eagles liked to make a big deal about how many games the members of the offensive line played together. Well, injuries notwithstanding, they might be able to start trotting that stat out again in the near future.

Here is what it looks like at the moment, although it is a long way between now and the start of the season.

Left tackle: Jason Peters, 27, signed through 2014. 

Left guard: Todd Herremans, 26, signed through 2013.

Center: Jamal Jackson, 29 next month, signed through 2013.

Right guard: Shawn Andrews, 26, signed through 2015.

Right tackle: Stacy Andrews, 28, signed through 2014.

Obviously, there are no guarantees.

Stacy Andrews is coming off ACL surgery that will keep him out of the post-draft minicamps, but has said he will be ready for training camp.

Shawn Andrews was injured in Week 2 against Dallas and needed back surgery. He missed the remainder of the season, but is said to be ready for the minicamps. Shawn also should benefit by the addition of his brother and his onetime Arkansas teammate Jason Peters.

By most accounts, Jackson did not have a great year last season. Asked about his center at the owners meetings in March, coach Andy Reid said:  "I thought Jamaal did a pretty good job in the pass game. I think he can keep working on some stuff in the run game." At the same time, Reid also said he thought Herremans deserved to be in the Pro Bowl last year.

Herremans and both Andrews can play either guard or tackle.

Beyond the presumed starters, the Eagles have Max Jean-Gilles, who filled in admirably for Andrews before getting hurt, and Nick Cole, who replaced Jean-Gilles. The Birds also have three young O-linemen they drafted in 2008: tackle King Dunlap, guard Mike Gibson and guard Mike McGlynn. Plus, tackles Winston Justice and Chris Patrick.

And don't you know they will find a way to draft an offensive lineman somewhere next weekend, just not as high as everyone projected with Peters now on the roster.


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