OL Review: What To Make Of Scott’s Debut

Here’s a player-by-player look at what we saw from the Eagles’ offensive line in Sunday’s loss to the Redskins:

King Dunlap – Not as bad as last week, but Dunlap was up and down. He was called for a pair of holding penalties – one on a LeSean McCoy run in the first and another in pass protection in the third. Dunlap just got flat-out beat one-on-one on a Rob Jackson sack in the fourth. And he was unable to get to linebacker Lorenzo Alexander on a screen to Brent Celek that lost 3 yards in the fourth. Initially, it looked like Dunlap gave up a sack in the third, but the replay showed Ryan Kerrigan blatantly grabbing his jersey, not allowing him to get over to Perry Riley, who was blitzing off the edge. Dunlap got beat by Alexander on an inside move late in the game. He had some good moments in pass protection, specifically on Nick Foles’ 21-yard completion to Damaris Johnson.

Evan Mathis – The lone starter from the beginning of the season was solid for the most part. Mathis held up well in pass protection. He did a good job on McCoy’s 5-yard run in the third. And Mathis did a great job blocking London Fletcher downfield on McCoy’s 13-yard catch and run in the fourth. In the first, Kedric Golston went past him and dropped Bryce Brown for a 1-yard loss.

Dallas Reynolds –  He had quite a few issues with Barry Cofield, the Redskins’ veteran nose tackle. Cofield gave him trouble in the third, but Foles stepped up and completed a pass to Celek. Really bad moment in the third. The Eagles had a 1st-and-10 at the Redskins’ 20, and Reynolds got abused by Cofield as McCoy was dropped for a 6-yard loss. Later, Cofield went right around him and crushed Foles on an incomplete throw in the fourth. And Reynolds did a poor job on Riley, who blitzed on Foles’ second interception.

Jake Scott – Let’s get the penalties out of the way first. Scott was called for two false starts in the first and holding in the fourth. Can some of that be explained by the fact that he just got signed last week? Probably. Scott had three penalties in 16 games last season, although he had 11 in 2010, per Pro Football Focus. Overall, though, I thought he did some positive things for someone who was just thrown into the mix. Scott showed good athleticism and got his hands on a defensive back on the 8-yard screen to DeSean Jackson. He did a nice job switching off to Kerrigan on a stunt as Foles found Stanley Havili for 9 yards on 3rd-and-2 in the first. Scott delivered a good block on the shovel pass to McCoy that picked up 5. Good job of getting to the linebacker on McCoy’s 4-yard run in the first. He got just enough of the linebacker out in space on the McCoy screen that picked up 25 in the second. And Scott drove Cofield to the ground on McCoy’s 9-yard run around the right side in the second. On Foles’ second interception, it’s tough to say whether he should have picked up the blitzer. Scott ended up not blocking anyone, and McCoy got bowled over. The Redskins rushed five on the play, and the Eagles had six in to block. In the second, Scott had some trouble in protection, but Foles stepped up and hit Riley Cooper. So the penalties were bad, but at 31, he looks like someone who still belongs on a roster.

Dennis Kelly – I actually thought he held his own against Kerrigan, who is a former first-round pick and a pretty good pass rusher. Kelly certainly looks more comfortable at tackle than guard. He did a good job of picking up the defensive tackle on a stunt as Foles found Havili for 9 yards in the first. On the shovel pass to McCoy, Kelly initially executed a double-team with Scott and then got his hands on a linebacker at the second level. He had trouble with Kerrigan and was called for holding, negating a 13-yard completion to Brown in the first. Good block on Golston, creating space for Brown’s 13-yard run in the second. Good job pinning Kerrigan inside on McCoy’s 9-yard run in the second. Nice job one-on-one in pass protection against Kerrigan on Foles’ 21-yard completion to Johnson on 3rd-and-17 in the second.

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With Watkins Questionable, Scott Could Be Plugged In

Philadelphia Eagles right guard Danny Watkins.Offensive lineman Jake Scott was signed by the Eagles on Monday. He could see action less than a week later.

Danny Watkins (ankle) practiced all week but is officially questionable for Sunday’s game in Washington.

“Well, what you end up getting with the [high-ankle sprain], you get tweaks in there and it hinders your lateral mobility,” said Andy Reid. “I was proud of him for getting out here and going through what he did. He did a nice job with it. He’s making progress and we’ll just see how he does here over the next couple days.”

Reid would not reveal who would take Watkins’ place if he can’t go.

Here’s what we do know: Dennis Kelly, who filled in for Watkins at right guard while he was out, has been getting the majority of his reps at right tackle this week. It has been a “60-40″ split between tackle and guard at practice, according to Kelly. This is a tough situation for the rookie, who is trying to mentally prepare for his first professional start at tackle while also working in at guard.

“I’m taking the same approach that I did throughout the week. We don’t know what’s going on with Danny yet, so you’ve just got to be ready to take both,” said Kelly. “It’s a little difficult. With the beginning of the year, trying to learn the offense with all the positions it does make it a little bit interesting, but I’m used to it now and have a better grasp of the offense so it’s not as hard.”

Meanwhile, Scott has been working in at right guard and, despite being brand new to the team, could be called upon if Watkins can’t go and Kelly is kept outside.

“There’s a chance, yeah. There’s a chance,” said Reid. “He worked in part of the rotation, That’s a possibility.

“He looks like he’s in pretty good shape. We put him through a pretty excessive workout, just in case it came down to where he had to get in and play and he handled that well.”

The 31-year-old Scott played under Howard Mudd in Indianapolis so he has an understanding of the technique. Scott said he had some options prior to signing with the Eagles but was “picky in the situation. I wanted to be in the right situation. I wanted to be somewhere where I could come in and have a chance to play.”

With the offensive line in flux, he may have an opportunity to do just that.

The 6-5, 292-pounder has started 121 career regular season games and nine postseason contests with the Colts (2004-07) and Titans (2008-11). He started all 16 games in each of the last seven years.

“I’ve got to be ready for this Sunday if they need me,” said Scott. “So, I’ll be ready for Sunday.”

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