Was Isaac Seumalo the most underrated Eagle in 2018? | Eagles Film Room

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The Eagles signed Isaac Seumalo to a 3-year extension this week, which led many to question what went into the decision. A look at the film tells you all you need to know…

The following breakdown of Seumalo’s signing is taken from our article published earlier today:

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If we turn back the clock just a few months, the trajectory of Isaac Seumalo looked very different. Dave Spadaro reported that the former Oregon State lineman would, in fact, be transitioning to center after struggling to win out a starting role at left guard in the previous year. Backing up Jason Kelce not only ticked a box for the Eagles, but enabled Matt Pryor, who was drafted a couple of months beforehand, to then compete with Wisniewski and Warmack, two savvy veterans who are proven in that left guard line of duty.

Training Camp and preseason came and passed, Seumalo was sailing snaps over the head of Nate Sudfeld and it was clear that it would take time to re-settle into a position he previously knew very well. It’s a little known fact that Seumalo was the man snapping the ball to Carson Wentz during private workouts prior to that 2016 Draft. 

But after the offensive line started to crumble due to injuries and errors, a bizarre call saw Stefen Wisniewski benched in favor of Seumalo, despite Wis not really doing anything to deserve said demotion. Either way, Seumalo was thrust back into a starting role and never really looked back.

He looked stronger, more agile and more confident in his play (as our Film Room will show soon) and it showed statistically too. Wisniewski ranked 62nd out of 88 guards in 2018 according to PFF, while the Eagles draftee ranked 38th. 

This move is huge for the Eagles. Seumalo was going into his contract year and at the age of 25-years old, he may prove to be one of the team’s most important pieces. His versatility (as someone that can play every spot on the line) is something the Eagles cherish and when you think of how shaky the line could look this season alone, it’s Seumalo that in that scenario would be the glue. 

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