The Eagles’ offensive line, which is probably the most talented offensive line they’ve had in years, held their ground against the Redskins’ front seven and looked pretty good as the Eagles’ offense was able to put up 33 points. However, improvement is much needed for a rusty, yet talented offensive line. The Eagles were able to have All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters back from injury which was much needed as he dominated his post throughout the entire game. Peters didn’t seems rusty at all as he had to go up against Brian Orakpo all game. That is one plus about the offensive line in their first match-up, but some others areas need to be polished.
The Eagles’ right side of the line seemed to be the weakest link on Monday night’s game. Right guard Todd Herremans and rookie right tackle Lane Johnson had some communication problems a few times throughout the game which resulted in a sack, and a vicious one at that. There were also times where we saw defensive lineman Barry Cofield push Herremans back into the pocket, affecting Michael Vick’s throw. This is something that can’t happen throughout the season, however, Herremans is a talented lineman and should be able to shake the rust off as the season goes on.
Johnson went through some growing pains as the game went on. He had a lot on his plate as he had to go up against Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan was able to force a fumble on the first drive of the game that resulted in a Redskins touchdown, however, that was really not in Johnson’s control. Johnson struggled a bit against Kerrigan in the passing game, but still showed flashes of solid play.
All in all we saw some great but inconsistent line play throughout the game. This is a talented group of linemen that should be able to get better as the season goes on. As of right now though, improvement is key.
Sonny Bryan is a Philadelphia Eagles writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @SonnyBryan50