Is it too early to declare a winner in the left tackle competition? Yeah. But I’m going to do it anyway.
A look at Andre Dillard vs. Jordan Mailata, early surprises of training camp, an evaluation of Jalen Hurts through four practices and much more in today’s 10 Eagles Training Camp Observations!
1. OK, I know it’s only four days without pads, but I’ve seen enough. No way Andre Dillard is winning the left tackle job. OK, it’s possible Dillard will bounce back from his slow start, and maybe once the pads go on starting Tuesday morning he’ll acquit himself better. Some guys get the competitive juice going when padded practices begin. But I’m just not seeing it. It’s only a few days, but Mailata has really taken ownership of this competition. He’s just better than Dillard. And it’s not even that close.
2. My biggest takeaway of the first four days of practice is just how loaded this defensive line is. There’ve been times where it’s tough for the offense to put together any sort of consistency in team drills just because the d-line has been blowing stuff up so routinely and dominating an o-line missing Brandon Brooks and Isaac Seumalo. The Eagles had a top-5 d-line last year, and now you add Ryan Kerrigan and Milton Williams? Along with hoped-for big jumps from Josh Sweat and Javon Hargrave? This is a group that’s deep, talented, experienced and versatile,…