Eagles will start Vaitai against Vikings but could be without Bennie Logan

Doug Pederson met the media following the Eagles disappointing loss to the Redskins on Sunday. One of the main topics of conversation was naturally the Offensive line situation and what the future holds for fifth round pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai.

When asked directly if Vaitai will start on Sunday, Pederson gave a very clear answer. “Yes. I felt like he had a slow start but settled in nicely.”

Vaitai faced a tough task in his NFL debut, stopping established pass-rusher Ryan Kerrigan from wreaking havoc. Big V allowed two sacks, two hurries and a hit on Carson Wentz in the Eagles 29 passing attempts in a game that was anything but kind to the fifth round pick. But Doug Pederson showed confidence in Big V and insists that he will get better as time goes on.

Elsewhere, Doug Pederson also shed some light on the Eagles injury situation.

With Logan being to week, it likely means a heavier workload for Beau Allen and Destiny Vaeao against the Minnesota Offense, but an injury to Jason KelceĀ makes Wisniewski’s position as a backup Center more valuable as opposed to potentially replacing Vaitai.

The injury to Ron Brooks could also see a debut for undrafted cornerback and preseason standout C.J Smith against the Vikings..but with the Eagles light on depth at the position as it is, Malcolm Jenkins and Jaylen Watkins could also be called upon.

The Vikings are undefeated and coming off of a Bye-week and with some key players injured and their status uncertain, it could be an even tougher Mountain to climb for Doug Pederson’s Eagles..but his trust in Big V at RT is going to play a huge part in scaling that Mountain.

 

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