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Eagles roster outlook: position-by-position.

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The 2020 NFL offseason has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles. Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have a lot of tough decisions to make as they try to get this team back to Super Bowl contention. Today we continue our position-by-position roster outlook series by examining the offensive guard position. Previously: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Offensive tackle.

THE PLAYERS

ISAAC SEUMALO

Regular season stats: 1162 snaps, 16 starts, 18th out of 87 guards graded by PFF, 5 sacks allowed, 5 hits allowed, 31 hurries allowed, 5 penalties

Playoff stats: 69 snaps, 1 start, 8th out of 25 guards graded by PFF, 0 sacks allowed, 0 hits allowed, 1 hurry allowed, 0 penalties

Review: Seumalo had a disastrous game in Week 2 when he got destroyed by Grady Jarrett. He bounced back after that, though, and had an overall decent season. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career and played 99.83% of the offensive snaps.

Outlook: The Eagles signed Seumalo to a contract extension through the 2022 season last year. The 26-year-old will continue to serve as the team’s starting left guard moving forward. Well, unless Jason Kelce retires. Then Seumalo could move from guard to center.

Poll

Isaac Seumalo: Stay or go?

This poll is closed

  • 95%
    Stay
    (2551 votes)
  • 4%
    Go
    (110 votes)
2661 votes total Vote Now

BRANDON BROOKS

Regular season stats: 1046 snaps, 16 starts, 1st out of 87 guards graded by PFF, 1 sack allowed, 5 hits allowed, 13 hurries allowed, 2 penalties

Review: There was thought that Brooks might not be ready for the start of the season following the Achilles injury he suffered during the Eagles’ 2019 divisional round playoff loss. Nope. Brooks started in Week 1 and played at a high level from the jump. The Eagles rewarded Brooks’ efforts with a contract extension that puts him under team control through the 2024 season. Brooks had to leave the Eagles’ Week 12 game early when his anxiety flared up. Then he unfortunately suffered a season-ending shoulder injury during a PAT attempt in Week 17.

Outlook: It really sucks that Brooks — who turns 31 in August — will have to spend another offseason rehabbing from injury. On the bright side, he’s expected to be ready for training camp. Brooks should be more ready for the 2020 season than he was for the 2019 season, a year in which he still ended up as the best guard in football. The Eagles are hoping Brooks can continue to be elite as he ages.

Poll

Brandon Brooks: Stay or go?

This poll is closed

  • 98%
    Stay
    (2635 votes)
  • 1%
    Go
    (33 votes)
2668 votes total Vote Now

MATT PRYOR

Regular season stats: 79 snaps, 49th out of 124 guards graded by PFF (no snap percentage minimum), 0 sacks allowed, 1 hit allowed, 3 hurries allowed, 1 penalty

Playoff stats: 69 snaps, 1 start, 18th out of 25 guards graded by PFF, 1 sack allowed, 0 hits allowed, 3 hurries allowed, 0 penalties

Review: Pryor saw his first NFL action in Week 12 when Andre Dillard was starting at right tackle and Brooks had to leave the game early. Halapoulivaati Vaitai originally came in for Brooks but then the Eagles benched Dillard and shifted Big V to the outside. Pryor then took over at right guard and did a decent job. The Eagles went back to Pryor late in the season after Brooks injured his shoulder with Vaitai filling in for Lane Johnson at right tackle. It was a small sample size but Pryor didn’t look like a disaster out there.

Outlook: With Jason Peters and Vaitai potentially not back in 2020, the Eagles could be counting on Pryor to be the team’s top backup at every non-center position. The team’s 2018 sixth-round pick has experience playing at both tackle and guard. At the very least, Pryor projects to be the top backup behind Brooks and Seumalo.

Poll

Matt Pryor: Stay or go?

This poll is closed

  • 96%
    Stay
    (2453 votes)
  • 3%
    Go
    (87 votes)
2540 votes total Vote Now

SUA OPETA

Review: The Eagles acquired Opeta as an undrafted rookie free agent and gave him the largest signing bonus out of any UDFA they signed. The Eagles waived Opeta in final cuts but then brought him back as one of the highest paid practice squad players in the NFL. The Eagles promoted Opeta to their 53-man roster in December when the Miami Dolphins tried to sign him away. Opeta was inactive for all five games he could’ve appeared in.

Outlook: The Eagles clearly value Opeta’s potential. He’ll have the opportunity to win a spot on the 2020 roster with a good offseason. Perhaps he can challenge Pryor to be the top backup guard.

Poll

Sua Opeta: Stay or go?

This poll is closed

  • 84%
    Stay
    (1861 votes)
  • 15%
    Go
    (352 votes)
2213 votes total Vote Now

FREE AGENCY OR TRADES

Don’t envision the Eagles signing a free agent guard. Minimum contract veteran guy, if anything.

NFL DRAFT OPTIONS

Written by Ben Natan:

With Brandon Brooks and Isaac Seumalo set to start and guys like Matt Pryor who’ve been groomed for the last few years, the Eagles have stability at the guard position. This 2020 NFL Draft is deep with offensive linemen, but Philly shouldn’t have to spend any sort of premium draft capital on new guards. If they want to add to their group through this draft, there are certainly kid and late round prospects who deserve attention.

Logan Stenberg is a powerful blocker out of Kentucky whose size and strength will upgrade a rushing offense. He needs to prove himself as a pass blocker, but his polished run blocking should be valuable in the NFL. Clemson has two guards in this draft who could be late day two or early day three players. Tremayne Anchrm and John Simpson are both experienced and versatile linemen who could grow into guards or come in at right tackle. The Eagles value that versatility in their linemen which would make them intriguing options.This isn’t a position of need this year, but it’s hard to argue with stockpiling talented blockers.