Well, this is not the news that we wanted to read today. The Eagles will be without their starting left tackle this season after Andre Dillard once again exited practice early. This time, the injury was far more severe.
Losing Dillard for the season is obviously big. The second-year player inherited the starting reins from Jason Peters this year and although he may not be as polished as the wiley vet, the former first-round pick was set to head into 2020 with confidence and the backing of the coaching staff.
The Eagles did bring back Jason Peters, moving him to right guard to replace the already injured Brandon Brooks. All of a sudden, this move could be a lifesaver.
If Peters moves back to left tackle, it gives the Eagles arguably the best LT solution available without surrendering valuable assets. Even in terms of available free agents, Peters and his incredible resume stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Matt Pryor will be the team’s starting right guard should Peters complete his move back to left tackle, which is something many fans were hoping to see anyway.
This is a horrible blow for Dillard, who will enter next season with 2 (and an option) years left on his rookie contract, with next to no starting experience. The good news is that the Eagles have an ultimate insurance policy already in place.
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