According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles are signing a familiar face to help bolster the depth at Left Tackle in absence of the injured Jason Peters.
The #Eagles are signing former draft pick OT Taylor Hart, in light of Jason Peters injury, I’m told. He worked out for them today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2017
A fifth-round pick in 2014 out of Oregon, Taylor Hart spent time with the Eagles this offseason and in the three year’s prior. Originally drafted as a defensive tackle, Hart actually moved onto the other side of the field to compete for a backup spot last season. The 6’6 lineman certainly has athleticism and size to his advantage, but he was unable to beat out Halapoulivaati Vaitai or earn a spot on the final 53-man roster.
At his pro day, Hart managed 23 reps at 225 on the Bench press and ran a 4.85 40-yard dash. It’s not the first time that he’s played the position either. Hart actually earned first-team all-state honors at Tualatin high school as an offensive tackle.
Hart likely isn’t going to start for the Eagles. But what the signing will do is give Halapoulivaati Vaitai a cushion and some breathing room. Beneath the TCU product, depth is scarce. Dillon Gordon is waiting in the wings on the practice squad, but there’s no guarantee that he will see a call-up.
The Eagles have a chance to develop Hart into a reliable depth option at the position. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich spoke highly of Hart and his transition to the offensive front earlier today. A sense of familiarity bodes well for Hart and his potential to develop and pick up where he left off is an attractive trait that’s available at minimal cost.
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