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Training Camp Position Preview: Offensive Line

Lane Johnson

A team that values the line of scrimmage continues to reap the benefits of such a commitment with an offensive line that returns four starters and a host of candidates both for the vacated right guard starting job (Isaac Seumalo signed with Pittsburgh in free agency) and for depth positions throughout the group, tackle to tackle. The returning starters: left tackle Jordan Mailata (a Pro Bowl alternate last season), left guard Landon Dickerson (a Pro Bowl selection), center Jason Kelce (All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors), and right tackle Lane Johnson (All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors). That's a power-packed foursome heading the offensive line.

Who is in contention to start at right guard? There are plenty of options, including second-man Cam Jurgens, who is also a key depth player at center, tackle-guard Jack Driscoll, guard Sua Opeta, and third-round draft pick Tyler Steen. The Eagles, as is annually the case, have a host of young players up and down the line of scrimmage that they're going to look and try to develop: center Cameron Tom, guard Tyrese Robinson, swing lineman Julian Good-Jones, tackles Chim Okorafor, Trevor Reid, Fred Johnson, and Roderick Johnson, and tackle-guard Brett Toth. – Dave Spadaro

Did You Know?

• A 6-time Pro Bowl selection and 5-time first-team All-Pro, Jason Kelce scored the second-highest (per Pro Football Focus) pass-blocking grade among NFL centers in 2022.

• Lane Johnson finished the 2022 season as the only NFL tackle not to allow a QB sack or QB hit (minimum 400 pass-blocking snaps).

• Landon Dickerson started all 17 games in his second NFL season and earned his first Pro Bowl bid starting at the left guard position.

• Jordan Mailata played a career-high 1,026 offensive snaps (87 percent of the team's offensive snaps) at left tackle in 2022.

• A second-round draft pick in 2022, Cam Jurgens played 35 offensive snaps and 82 special teams snaps during the regular season.

• Jack Driscoll has 16 starts in three seasons with the Eagles – eight at right guard, seven at right tackle, and one at left tackle.

• Sua Opeta enters his fifth season with the Eagles and has played in 25 games, with four starts at left guard.

What Does the Film Show?

Has there ever been an elite player more underrated than Lane Johnson? If there has been, I don't know of him. Johnson is one of the best tackles in football, and his versatility as both an elite pass protector and multi-faceted run blocker really opens up the entire playbook for the Eagles' coaching staff. Jeff Stoutland and company have found so many ways to use Lane over the years, and a great example occurred last November in prime time against the Packers.

Two slots down from Lane resides another Hall of Fame-quality talent in Jason Kelce, who is still playing outstanding football at the pivot for the Eagles. An outstanding athlete with incredible football intelligence, play strength, and competitiveness, Kelce is everything teams want in a center, and his capabilities as a puller really make the Eagles one of the most versatile run schemes in the league.

The originator of the name "Jeff Stoutland University," Jordan Mailata's development has been nothing short of spectacular to watch. From a seventh-round dart throw in the NFL Draft to one of the top young tackles in the game, Mailata's blend of size, athleticism, and power make him truly unique. He's so much fun to watch in the Eagles' run game, and I can't wait for more this fall.

Landon Dickerson earned his first Pro Bowl nod last fall, and the second-year road grader made his hay as a powerful people mover at the point of attack. Dickerson played all over the line in his college days, but has really settled in nicely in between Kelce and Mailata.

We didn't see too much from last year's second-round pick in Cam Jurgens last fall, but in the summer we got a long look at him, and I couldn't help but get excited about what we saw. His athleticism really shined in preseason games, and it's easy to see why the Eagles were so excited to draft him a year ago. He'll look to compete for a starting spot this summer. – Fran Duffy

Key Stats

0 – Lane Johnson played 1,173 snaps in 2023 ... and he didn't allow a hit or a sack on the quarterback (according to Pro Football Focus). No one else in football played more than 600 snaps and achieved that feat.

16.9 – According to PFF, Kelce earned a positive grade on 16.9 percent of his run block snaps, which ranked first among centers in the NFL last year. What's most impressive about that is that Kelce played more snaps than any center in football a year ago.

New to the Nest

• T Chim Okorafor – Okorafor started his college career at Cal Poly Pomona where he played basketball for two years before transferring. He played four years of college football at four different schools – Riverside City College, Missouri Southern, Pittsburg State, and Benedictine. In his final college season, Okorafor earned NAIA All-America and first-team All-Heart honors.

• T Trevor Reid – Reid was the top JUCO tackle in the country at Georgia Military College in 2019 before enrolling at Louisville. He played three seasons with the Cardinals, starting 24 of the 34 games that he played in. He allowed just two QB hits in 314 pass-blocking snaps last season.

• G Tyler Steen – After four years at Vanderbilt, Steen transferred to Alabama for his season and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a left tackle for the Crimson Tide. Steen registered 25 knockdown blocks for the nation's No. 4 scoring offense (41.1 points per game). Steen played both tackle spots over the course of 51 career college games. – Chris McPherson

They Said It

"We're starting from the very bottom again and we're installing all the plays – this is what you have to do. You have to approach it like it's a completely new team in a completely new year. You keep trying to get better and you keep trying to improve. We're going to have to earn it the same way we did last year. They don't just hand it to you in this league.

"In some ways, it's going to be harder. When you do win and have a successful year, all offseason, all the offenses are looking to steal things that you do well. All the defenses are looking to stop the innovative, creative things that you're doing so you have more eyes on you. You have more time being spent around the things that you do structurally. We have a lot to prove and it's going to be even harder to have a really, really good season." – Jason Kelce

Check out the offensive linemen on the Eagles' roster heading into Training Camp, presented by Independence Blue Cross. Players are listed in numerical order.

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