Eagles guard Evan Mathis had a superb 2013 season. The 6-foot-5, 298-pound guard was named to his first All-Pro Team earlier this month, and on Thursday, Mathis took home another award. He may have been snubbed as a Pro-Bowl selection, but the ninth-year veteran has been named the recipient of Pro Football Focus’ inaugural Bruce Matthews Award, given to the best offensive lineman in the NFL.
“Consistency is the thing that separates Mathis from the rest of the field,” reads the PFF article. “While other players have down games, players they struggle with or games that you find yourself looking to ‘throw out’ when evaluating their seasons, Mathis hasn’t had a game with a negative overall grade in three years as a starter.”
Pro Football Focus gives Mathis an overall grade of 46.2, and they’ve given him a positive grade in 49 consecutive games.
The praise of Mathis from the site goes even further, as they named him the third runner-up for their Offensive Player of the Year Award. LeSean McCoy was the first runner-up on that list, behind Denver’s Peyton Manning. McCoy rushed for an Eagles franchise-record 1,607 yards, and Mathis had a lot to do with that. Mathis started every game this season, and he played in all 1,162 offensive snaps. He and fellow guard Todd Herremans were the only Eagles offensive players to appear in 100 percent of the Eagles plays this season.
Mathis beat out Cincinnati's Andrew Whitworth, Green Bay's Josh Sitton and Cleveland's Joe Thomas to take home the honors.