Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How Harris fits into the Eagles' O-line picture

The Eagles made a move to fill their largest remaining hole, signing Broncos tackle Ryan Harris (6-5, 300) to a one-year deal.

How Harris fits into the Eagles' O-line picture

Former Broncos tackle Ryan Harris has 34 starts in four seasons. (Joe Mahoney/AP Photo)
Former Broncos tackle Ryan Harris has 34 starts in four seasons. (Joe Mahoney/AP Photo)

The Eagles made a move to fill their largest remaining hole, signing Broncos tackle Ryan Harris (6-5, 300) to a one-year deal.

In the past few days, I've made it clear I thought right tackle was the team's biggest concern. On Monday, the team rotated Austin Howard in with the first team, where King Dunlap had previously been getting reps.

Winston Justice was placed on the PUP list and has not practiced yet at Lehigh.

In Harris, the Eagles get a relatively young option (26) who has started 34 games and played in 46 in four NFL seasons.

More coverage
VOTE: Should Bradford start vs. Lions?
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
FORUMS: Will the Eagles make the playoffs?
Latest NFL odds
SHOP: Eagles Training Camp sportswear

Barring any additional moves, the starting right tackle position will come down to Harris and Justice. But until Justice shows he's healthy, Harris has to be considered the favorite.

I can't say I've watched a lot of Harris, although I plan to in the next couple days. A reporter in Denver provided me with the following scouting report:

Harris has good feet and is a better pass blocker than run blocker. Always had nagging injuries here that held him back. Good functional strength, but a finesse guy, not a mauler. Added weight this offseason to help durability. Good guy, smart, good in the community.

In 2008, Harris made Peter King's Sports Illustrated All-Pro team, starting all 16 games. But injuries have slowed him since then. Harris started 18 games and missed 13 in the last two seasons.

According to the Denver Post, Harris can also play left tackle, which is important to note in case Jason Peters suffers an injury.

Per metrics from Pro Football Focus, Harris was an excellent blocker in the screen game.

Slowly but surely, the Eagles' offensive line picture is coming together:

Left tackle - Jason Peters is coming off a good year and is probably their best lineman.

Left guard - Todd Herremans is solid, and paired with Peters, provides a strong left side.

Center - Jamaal Jackson has been on the field at Lehigh and should solidify the center position.

Right guard - Danny Watkins signed and should practice tomorrow.

Right tackle - See above. Harris is the favorite, but Justice is also an option.

Reserves - Perhaps, most importantly, the Eagles have some reserves they can count on. On the interior, Evan Mathis has started 22 games and played in 58. Mike McGlynn has started 14 games and played in 19. His versatility is key. McGlynn can play center or guard, and his experience from a year ago can only help. At tackle, Justice has started 30 games and played in 41. That's 66 combined starts. Suddenly, this team has some depth along the O-line.

If you missed my posts from earlier today:

How Ronnie Brown fits in
Can Asomugha be Charles Woodson?
Asomugha lands on cover of SI

You can follow me on Twitter or become a fan of Moving the Chains on Facebook.
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Sheil Kapadia is in his fifth season writing about the Eagles and the NFL for His earliest memories as a sports fan include several trips to Veterans Stadium with his Dad. He's not a beat writer or an Insider, but is here to discuss the NFL 365 days a year. E-mail him at or by clicking here

Follow Sheil on Twitter. And become a fan of Moving the Chains on Facebook.

Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for even more Birds coverage, including app-exclusive videos and analysis. Download it here.

Reach Sheil at

Sheil Kapadia
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter