PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25: Offensive players Kyle DeVan #68, Jason Kelce #62, Evan Mathis #69, and Jason Peters #71 of the Philadelphia Eagles sit on the bench during the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants defeated the Eagles 29-16. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Pro Football Focus released their list of the top players up for offensive player of the year and two Eagles made the list. LeSean McCoy, who led the league in TDs, is not one of them. However, if you've followed PFF at all this year, the two who did should be no surprise.
The first offensive lineman on the list checks in at No. 7. That’s ahead of the league’s leading rusher and a player that broke the single-season receiving yardage mark for a tight end (only to have that record broken again at the death by Rob Gronkowski). Jason Peters has been comfortably the best tackle in football in 2011. In something of a down year for offensive tackle play, Peters’ +27.6 grade is almost double the next-best player. Despite blocking for Michael Vick–who has a tendency to run away from his protection at the best of times–Peters has surrendered just 20 total pressures (sacks, knockdowns, and hurries) on the season and has allowed Vick to hit the deck just four times.
And a guy who is arguably the most important soon to be free agent on this team (yes, I'm including DeSean Jackson)
10. Evan Mathis, OG, Philadelphia Eagles
If you’ve been with us here at PFF for a while, you are probably well aware of Evan Mathis. If you’re not, you may still not have any idea who he is. Mathis was the best guard in football this past season. Lining up at guard next to Jason Peters, he helped form the best left side of an offensive line in the NFL for the Eagles–and he did it all being thrust into the lineup late in camp as the Eagles shuffled positions. Mathis played 1,024 snaps this season and did not allow a single sack. He allowed just 15 total pressures on the season (less than one per game for the mathematically inclined) and his +20.4 run blocking grade was almost three times better than the next best mark of +6.9 posted by All-Pro Carl Nicks.
Check out PFF for their full list, including their offensive player of the year.