We're doing a series to provide an outlook on the Eagles' roster until training camp arrives. Episode 6, the interior of the offensive line.
To say that losing Brandon Brooks will hurt the Eagles' offensive line would be an understatement. Brooks was one of the best guards in the NFL when he was healthy, but injuries and age started to catch up to him and he decided to retire as soon as the 2021 season ended. Right guard became a hole for the team and, while Isaac Seumalo is a very solid player, he's not even close to Brooks' level.
Landon Dickerson was supposed to be Jason Kelce's heir, but he was really, really good at left guard as a rookie. So the plan changed: Dickerson now will stay as a left guard that can slide at center if necessary, but Kelce's new protegè is Cam Jurgens, a second-round pick in the 2022 draft who has the same athletic mold as the seasoned veteran. We all know that retirement is near for Jason, so the most important thing for Jurgens this year is to learn all he can before he steps into the field in 2023.
Kelce also deserves his own paragraph. He's been the league's best center for a while now - not the biggest guy ever, but a really smart one, who uses the best of his mobility and strength to dominate at the second level. The greatest thing that happened to the Eagles during the offseason was his decision to return for another year.
Interior offensive line grade: 5/5. Three good starters, with one of them elite, and a clear backup plan in place. It's basically perfect.