One of the biggest questions that surround NFL training camp is who eventually makes the final 53-man roster. With Eagles camp just about two weeks away, it’s time to speculate who will make the final cut and be a part of the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles.
Today, we look at who stays and who goes with the offensive line. As of right now we have 16 current players on the roster, and the Eagles historically have kept 10 on the roster at all times, but let’s take a look at who makes the cut this season.
OL on the Roster
Jason Kelce, Cam Jurgens, Jack Anderson, Landon Dickerson, William Dunkle, Sua Opeta, Isaac Seumalo, Josh Sills, Kayode Awosika, Lane Johnson, Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard, Le’Raven Clark, Jarrid Williams, Jack Driscoll, Brett Toth
OL that will be on the 53-man Roster
Jason Kelce, Cam Jurgens, Landon Dickerson, Sua Opeta, Jordan Mialata, Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Jack Anderson, Brett Toth, Isaac Seumalo
There are a lot of tough choices to make on the Eagles offensive line this year. Both Andre Dillard and Isaac Seumalo are entering contract years and could very well be moved before the season even begins. I see a starting five of: Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Jack Driscoll, Lane Johnson.
How Seumalo responds will be a big question this offseason. If he’s comfortable being a backup, he’ll fit right in as the first backup guard. If not, he could be moved and Sua Opeta would slot in. With the release of Nate Herbig, Opeta is the next best interior backup that the Eagles have and the coaching staff is very high on him. Landon Dickerson should never be moved from left guard and could be on an All-Pro rise.
Then there is the question at the tackles. Jordan Mailata and Lane Johnson are two of the best in the game, but Andre Dillard could be moved before the season starts and will be a key storyline to follow. After Dillard, the team likes Brett Toth and he could, in theory, play both tackle positions. The Eagles are a team that demands their linemen be able to play multiple positions and Clark is a great example of this.
Then there is the center position. Jason Kelce is the obvious starter, but health is always a big question. He exited multiple games due to injuries last season, and at 34, could be something to be concerned about.
Enter Cam Jurgens.
The second round pick out of Nebraska, Jurgens was hand-picked by Kelce as a possible replacement when the hall-of-famer retires. Jurgens and Kelce will be the two centers regardless.
According to this, I have three centers, four guards, and three tackles with Driscoll and Anderson both filling in at both tackles and guard positions. Position flexibility is a major calling card of the Eagles offensive line. It also means the team’s depth is stronger than some team’s starting unit.
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