Eagles Offseason Outlook: Offensive Line

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We have covered the quarterbacks, wide receiversrunning backs and tight ends so far. Now it’s onto the offensive line.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

All five original starters from last season – Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson - remain under contract.

Peters turned 33 last month. He might not be the player he was four years ago, but there are no concerns about him manning the left tackle spot. Mathis was unhappy with his contract going into 2014, but he showed up and played well. I was particularly impressed with the way he missed seven games due to a knee injury, but returned and performed at a high level down the stretch. It’s worth noting, though, that Mathis is 33. Read more »

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Giants

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina - USA Today

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina – USA Today

Instead of doing a true Eagles-Giants scouting report, we’ll take a look at the offseason/future with this week’s piece.

WHEN THE EAGLES PASS…

Turnovers have been the issue all season. The Eagles have given the ball away on 18.2 percent of their drives; that’s the worst mark in the NFL. Quarterback play has been a problem throughout.

Mark Sanchez is completing 64.1 percent of his passes (13th) and averaging 7.79 YPA (sixth). But his 3.7 percent interception rate is fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 200 passes. Only Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles and Geno Smith have been worse.

Asked how Nick Foles’ injury clouds the offseason outlook at quarterback, Chip Kelly said: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll sit down and thoroughly evaluate everything. But it’s no different than any other position when you look at it. You just tell us what we have available right now we’ll take a look at it, let’s detail it, let’s go through the film again, let’s put our heads together, let’s get everybody’s opinion on it and make valid decisions. I don’t think we can look back and say this clouds this, this doesn’t cloud this. It doesn’t matter how much it clouds or doesn’t cloud. That’s the reality of it. He got hurt, so we have to make decisions moving forward in terms of what we’re going to do.” Read more »

Herremans Heading To IR

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Todd Herremans will have season-ending surgery on his torn biceps and will be placed on injured reserve, a league source confirmed. The move could very well happen on Wednesday when Evan Mathis comes off short-term IR. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Texans Predictions

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Todd Herremans/Andrew Gardner

Just when it looked like the Eagles were close to getting their offensive line healthy, they suffered a setback. Herremans suffered a torn biceps in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss against the Cardinals. We showed this GIF earlier in the week, but take a look at how he tried to block the defensive lineman on the last play of the game: Read more »

Chip: A Lot Of It Is Up To Herremans

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Photo by Jeff Fusco.

The pads were on Wednesday and Todd Herremans was out there, a large wrap around his left arm to protect his torn biceps.

He lined up with the first team once again and was listed as a full participant on the practice report. The 10-year vet will try to push through the pain in hopes of playing Sunday.

“A lot of it will be Todd’s determination and what he can and can’t do,” said Chip Kelly. “We’ll just sit down and visit with him at the end of the week and make a determination of what he can and can’t do. From a guy like him, a veteran like him that understands himself and has been through a lot, a lot of that is on him and our [medical] staff. None of it is my call. I don’t make any calls on who plays and who doesn’t play, it’s really our medical team making a decision of can he play, and then Todd’s decision of if he can play.” Read more »

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