STAY OR GO: The Offensive Tackles

After a season of constant injuries, the Eagles offensive line is hoping for a change of fortunes in 2021. Beginning with the offensive tackles, the two projected starters for the season were never healthy. Andre Dillard got injured in training camp, and Lane Johnson could not keep himself in games until his ankle injury became too much. It will be a big offseason of decisions for the Eagles, with the left tackle position being at the forefront.


Lane Johnson


2020 was a year that Johnson wants to block from his memory. Having had ankle surgery before the season's start, he could not get fully healthy and could not finish a game. Regardless, that does not take away from the fact he is one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL.

Verdict: STAY. The easiest decision on this list; Johnson has been an elite tackle for years and is a blue-chip player the Eagles should keep a hold of till retirement. He will be back to his best in 2021.


Andre Dillard

Dillard has not been on the field since his disastrous game at right tackle against the Seahawks in 2019. The former first-round pick tore his bicep during training camp and never got the chance to show what he could do in a full 16 game season.


Verdict: STAY. It may not be the most popular of opinions, but I feel Dillard deserves at least the chance to show what he can do. The Eagles traded up to get him, and even with the growth of Jordan Mailata, they should not give up on their 2019 first-round selection just yet. However, it would not surprise me to see him on the trade block.


Jordan Mailata


Mailata was one of the few positives last season. His rapid development is incredible, considering it was his third year playing the game. His play last season was a huge endorsement for the work Jeff Stoutland does.

Verdict: Stay. It is very simple. Mailata is on an incredibly cheap deal, has shown plenty of promise and can play on both sides of the line. He is a beast and will only continue his development. He and Dillard will likely enter a camp battle to see who will become the starter. If he loses out, that could work in the Eagles favour when looking to extend him.


Jason Peters


The return of Jason Peters was a complete disaster. He struggled all season and was also injured. His pass protection was woeful as defensive ends skipped past him consistently. He will become a free agent.


Verdict: GO. Peters is a Hall of Famer and an Eagles legend. However, it is time to move on. He has spoken about his desires to play in the 2021 season. Hopefully, it is not in Philadelphia.


Jack Driscoll