Right tackle Todd Herremans is one of the more under the radar players for the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s the longest-tenured player on the team (tied with a few others), he’s almost never hurt, he has the uncanny ability to play four-fifths of the offensive line, and he is a solid force in the locker room.
And last season, he switched from left guard to right tackle right before the season began, which few remember about the 2011 Eagles. He struggled last year, but switching to a new position, and a new side of the line, is justifiable.
So Herremans was rewarded with a new contract during the offseason, a three-year, $21 million deal that will keep him in Philly through the end of the 2016 season, when he will be 34 years old.
But through five games in 2012, Herremans has not been living up to his new contract. Not at all.
He’s allowed a ridiculous eight quarterback hits this season, plus seven hurries, easily the most on the team. In fact, no other offensive lineman in the league has allowed more than six hits this year.
Pro Football Focus rates Herremans as a significantly above average lineman this season, due to his run blocking ability, but eight hits just doesn’t cut it no matter what kind of holes he is opening up on the offensive line.
Michael Vick is taking double-digit hits in most games, and it doesn’t help the Eagles that star left tackle Jason Peters and starting center Jason Kelce are out for the season. They need an established veteran like Herremans to have a stellar season.
So far, he’s done the complete opposite, and on of these hits, Vick may not get back up.