ESPN: Eagles Have One of Best Pass Blocking Units in NFL
When it comes to success, few teams have better success finding offensive lineman than the Philadelphia Eagles.
They drafted Lane Johnson and Andre Dillard in the first-round, Jason Kelce in round six, Isaac Seumalo and Jack Driscoll in the fourth round and found Jordan Mailata in seventh round pick. They traded for Brandon Brooks and signed Nate Herbig as a undrafted free agent.
The Eagles have talent on their offensive line, but can they stay healthy? Injuries crushed the teams offensive line in 2020, but they should enter training camp healthy and if so, they could be one of the best units in the NFL.
One area where the Eagles should be particularly strong is in pass protection, as ESPN ranked them as the No. 7 overall pass protecting unit in the league.
Pass block win rate strongly suggested that the offensive line in Philadelphia was better than most believed, as the Eagles finished 11th in the metric. Yes, Carson Wentz led the league in sack rate and had the sixth-highest pressure rate, but he also had the fifth-highest time before pass average, suggesting he played a significant role in those pressures and sacks -- as quarterbacks often do.
The model likes Philly to improve in 2021 in pass protection in part because of the possibility of a full season from Johnson, who played in only seven games in 2020.
We have been discussing this a lot during the offseason, if the Eagles offensive line is healthy, they should be one of the best units in football this season.
Inside the NFC East, the Eagles were the top rated pass block win rate units in the league. Next up was the Dallas Cowboys at No. 15, Washington at No. 18 and the New York Giants coming in last at No. 32.
Winning games starts up front and the Eagles might have the best offensive line, will it lead to a winning season? We'll begin to find out starting July 27 when Eagles camp begins.