DESPITE outward appearances, the Eagles are extremely concerned with the lack of depth along the Offensive Line.
There are of course bodies behind the starters; but aside from (maybe) 29 year-old journeyman Allen Barbre, there isn’t a single player of note to take over when Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, and Todd Herremans either steps down or their skills erode to the point where they have to be replaced for Nick Foles’s safety.
Prior to the March edition of Free Agency, the Eagles added C David Molk, and OT Andrew Gardner. Despite a combined 5 years of NFL experience, there isn’t a single start between them. During FA we didn’t add or even seriously court an Offensive Lineman. We also didn’t spend a Draft pick on one.
Some fans have told me that they are expecting OT Michael Bamiro to take a big leap forward from the Practice Squad to the active roster. If this is the plan, the Eagles are pretty mum on it. Bamiro is mentioned in a Bo Wulf article currently on their website, but it’s only a passing mention. Wulf goes into far more detail with virtually every other O-lineman on the payroll. We used to call that a “diss” when I was younger.
After the Draft they added 3 guys who are supposed to battle it out at G, and even had 32 year-old Daryn Colledge in for a visit. He’s also a G by the way. Also to quote Wulf: “Whether Colledge joins the team or not, there is still a large group of veteran offensive linemen available on the street, if the team chooses to go down that road.”
That’s a lot of sudden consideration for a position that has been ignored as a priority for the last two years. I’m guessing with the June edition of FA, the Eagles will be checking the cutting room floor of every team in the NFL for help inside.