The 2018 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles, which means Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson will spend the next couple of weeks evaluating the 2017 roster. It’s already time to start figuring out what this team needs to do to repeat as Super Bowl champions next year. We continue this roster outlook series by looking at the offensive tackle position.
Regular season stats: 1076 snaps, 16 starts, 3rd out of 144 guards graded by PFF, 0 sacks allowed, 3 QB hits allowed, 14 QB hurries allowed, 2 penalties
Playoff stats: 203 snaps, 3 starts, 3rd out of 24 guards graded by PFF, 0 sacks allowed, 0 QB hits allowed, 5 QB pressures allowed, 0 penalties
Review: After missing multiple starts due to anxiety issues in 2016, Brooks didn’t miss a single snap in 2017. (Besides when the Eagles rested their starters late against the Broncos and in a meaningless Week 17 game.) Brooks was a force all year. He’s quietly one of the most underrated players on the team.
Outlook: Brooks has been fantastic for the Eagles since signing with them in the 2016 offseason. The combination of Jason Kelce, Brooks, and Lane Johnson all playing next together is a really strong trio. The Eagles’ offensive line as a whole was great but those three were especially formidable.
Regular season stats: 696 snaps, 11 starts, 48th out of 144 guards graded by PFF, 1 sack allowed, 10 QB hits allowed, 12 QB hurries allowed, 1 penalty
Playoff stats: 198 snaps, 3 starts, 8th out of 24 guards graded by PFF, 0 sacks allowed, 1 QB hit allowed, 4 QB pressures allowed, 0 penalties
Review: It was a little surprising to see Wis re-sign in Philly. It seemed like he wanted to go to a team where he would be starting, and that role wasn’t guaranteed in Philadelphia. Case in point: Wis spent the entire summer as the second string center while Seumalo took all the first team reps at left guard. Wis didn’t even get the first crack at replacing Seumalo. That was Warmack. But Wis did ultimately land the job after outplaying everyone else. The Eagles’ offensive line really stabilized when he took over. Wis looked did look like a center playing out of position at times (which he was), but he did a nice job overall. Great thing the Eagles were able to keep him.
Outlook: Wis figures to return as the Eagles’ starting left guard in 2018. The fact that he can play center makes him even more valuable to the team.
Regular season stats: 316 snaps, 3 starts, 80th out of 144 guards graded by PFF, 1 sack allowed, 1 QB hit allowed, 9 QB hurries allowed, 2 penalties
Playoff stats: 5 snaps
Review: Warmack came to Philadelphia in free agency to be reunited with his college offensive line coach: Jeff Stoutland. Despite not doing much to impress in the summer, the Eagles signed Warmack to a one-year contract extension. Then he took over as a “starter” in Week 3 before it was revealed he was actually part of a rotation. That rotation ended when it was clear Wis was the better player. Warmack still ended up seeing some action later in the season when Wis missed two starts due to an ankle injury. He didn’t appear to be a disaster but it’s not like he was awesome. Overall, Warmack ended up being fine for a backup guard
Outlook: Warmack’s ideal role for now is being the first OG off the bench in place of Brooks or Wis. Seumalo and him should be competing for that third spot this offseason. Warmack is only 26, so Stoutland might still believe in him as a starter in the long-temr. We’ll see.
Regular season stats: 158 snaps, 2 starts, 103rd out of 144 guards graded by PFF, 4 sacks allowed, 1 QB hit allowed, 3 QB hurries allowed, 0 penalties
Playoff stats: 23 snaps
Review: Really weird season for the 2016 third-round pick. Seumalo was the unquestioned starter at left guard once the Eagles traded Allen Barbre in late July. Then after two really poor starts, Philadelphia benched Seumalo in favor of a left guard rotation between Wis and Warmack. After that, the only time Seumalo got on the field was when he was occasionally used as a sixth offensive lineman in certain packages. In a season where most Eagles players exceeded expectation, Seumalo was one of the few disappointments.
Outlook: Seumalo is only 24 years old so it’s too early to write him off entirely. Maybe he’s really just not a great fit at guard. Seumalo mostly played at center in college, so it would be interesting to see how he fares at that spot. Of course, the Eagles will hope they don’t have to see that happen as long as Jason Kelce is around. Seumalo’s versatility to play all five offensive line spots is a good thing. That’ll likely keep him on the team moving forward. But he eventually needs to find a spot where he actually plays well.
Outlook: Greene, 25, spent the 2017 season on the practice squad after getting waived in final cuts. Back when the Eagles signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2016, they gave him the most guaranteed money of any UDFA. Greene will have the chance to compete for a depth job this offseason.
WHO COULD SIGN
Probably just an inexpensive veteran depth guy, if anything. Barbre is available! The Eagles could also look to bring Josh LeRibeus back. He spent a brief stint with Philly last offseason.
NFL DRAFT OPTIONS
The Eagles shouldn’t be drafting a guard high given that Brooks and Wisniewski are both 28 years old and signed through at least 2019. It wouldn’t hurt to pick up a guard later in the draft, if possible, or try to nab a quality UDFA target.