Philadelphia Eagles offensive line update
After he ruptured his Achilles heel for the second time, Jason Peters and the Eagles looked in big trouble for their offensive line. Last season, Michael Vick was sacked only 23 times, but being a mobile quarterback, he was hit a lot. Now that the Eagles lost Peters for the season, things are looking downward a little bit for Philadelphia.
After learning about Peters, the Eagles almost immediately went out and signed Demetress Bell, a fourth year player out of Northwestern State. Bell started 16 games in 2010 for the Bills, and seven last season. The subsequent loss of Peters didn’t affect the Eagles in the NFL odds, however, it might rear its head later in the season.
Initially, Eagles writers and fans were skeptic, but reports out of Eagles training camp are that Bell is filling in nicely for Peters. It won’t be quite the same, but you might not even notice that big number 71 won’t be in the trenches this season.
This is big news for a team that relies on pass protection that can turn into run blocking just like that (when Vick scrambles). We all know the Eagles like to sling it, but with weapons like Vick and LeSean McCoy hanging around in the backfield, the line will have to be one of the best in the NFL if the Eagles want to live up to this Super Bowl hype.
The Eagles may also end up with some youth and inexperience behind the starters as they have two rookies as well as several young players without starting experience vying for a spot on the team.
Either way, while they just lost a lot of depth in Peters, as long as they can be average, I think the Eagles are going to be just fine. Teams like the Giants may give them trouble, but Vick is still Vick, and that offense is still stacked.