The work along the offensive line and in the trenches is where it all begins in the NFL, and the Eagles continue to commit resources. The team signed Le'Raven Clark, an offensive tackle who started 15 games in four seasons with the Colts after Indianapolis made him a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Adding Clark is an example of the Eagles continuing to look everywhere for help up front. They added tackle Casey Tucker to the roster on Tuesday to bring onboard more competition to a unit that suffered a myriad of injuries in the 2020 season. The expectation is that right tackle Lane Johnson, right guard Brandon Brooks, and left tackle Andre Dillard will all be healthy and ready to go for Training Camp, providing high expectations for the Eagles, a team that has annually had one of the top offensive lines in the league under Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland.
Clark is an interesting case. He had a terrific career at Texas Tech, playing right guard and left tackle, and in his final season with the Red Raiders Clark was named for the third time a first-team All-Big 12 selection and for the second time a second-team All-American player.
The 82nd selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Clark played in eight games as a rookie with Indianapolis, starting three games at tackle and then started five games in 2017 at right guard. Last season, he played in 148 offensive snaps with the Colts at tackle, committing one penalty and allowing one quarterback sack, according to Pro Football Focus.
With the Eagles, there is plenty of competition for playing time and roster spots. That's the way it's supposed to be for a team that values the work in the trenches so much. Clark adds to the battle for making the 53-man roster, although it may be some time before the coaches see him on the field.