If all goes according to plan, the Philadelphia Eagles could have the single most talented offensive line in the game. Three of the five starters are returning from injury, and reports say all are full participants in practice.
Jason Peters is the MVP of the bunch. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler with a supreme blend of speed and athleticism. He’s a master at getting to the second level to open up holes for the running backs, and he’s quick enough to lead on screen passes.
That’s essentially why Lane Johnson was drafted, as he’s a poor man’s Peters. Johnson possesses an even higher upside than Peters, and one need look no farther than his ridiculous 4.72 time in the 40-yard dash. That’s tight end speed, and when it comes from a 310-pound man, it allows the Eagles to run a variety of offensive plays.
Ultimately, it will be Johnson’s ability to pick up the pass-blocking intricacies of the NFL that will make or break his career.
Aside from the tackles, Evan Mathis is a Pro Bowler in the making. Jason Kelce is poised for a breakout season, and he’s a fine fit for the offense as a quick, undersized center. Todd Herremans is a much better fit at right guard than right tackle, which is why drafting Johnson (allowing Herremans to move inside) actually upgraded two positions.
The great unknown about the offensive line will be the team’s ability to withstand the hurry-up offense.
No-huddle offenses will take their toll on the linemen if they are not in peak physical condition. It will be quite an adjustment from the norm under Andy Reid. But if this clicks with the five linemen, Kelly’s offense will be one of the best in the league.