The Philadelphia Eagles are dropping guys on the offensive line quicker than Urban Meyer is dropping respect in Jacksonville. So the crew took out a doable insurance coverage coverage on Tuesday (Oct. 5) and guarded Kayode Awosika on the observe squad.
The 312-pounder went undrafted out of the University of Buffalo again in April. Asowika, a three-year starter, noticed motion in 35 video games and began 25 at proper sort out and 7 at left sort out. He was named first-team All-MAC Convention and second-team All-America as a senior whereas serving as crew captain in 2019 and 2020.
Fun fact: Awosika is the son of Nigerian immigrants and his first identify interprets to “Bringer of Pleasure.” He grew up taking part in soccer earlier than switching to soccer and basketball at Maple Grove Excessive College in Minnesota.
Philadelphia additionally protected three additional players on the observe squad: WR John Hightower, CB Craig James, DB Elijah Riley. Hightower was a fifth-round choose (168th total) in 2020. The speedy receiver from Boise State noticed motion in 4 video games final season and caught 10 passes for 167 yards.
James was one in all eight crew captains for the Eagles in 2020 because of his special-teams prowess. Accidents restricted his total snaps last season: 15 on protection, 80 on particular groups. He has appeared in 21 profession video games (one begin) with 17 tackles. Riley, an undrafted security out of Military, noticed 69 snaps last season in four games.
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Larger Position for Kenneth Gainwell?
Kenneth Gainwell appears poised for an even bigger workload within the Eagles’ offense after profiting from his alternatives in Week 4. Starter Miles Sanders out-snapped him against Kansas City – 47 snaps to 29 for Gainwell – however the manufacturing discrepancy was obtrusive.
Sanders rushed seven occasions for 13 yards, whereas the rookie out of Memphis turned three carries into 31 yards and a landing. Gainwell completed with 89 whole yards to 47 for Sanders. Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen was requested about balancing the reps between these two explosive playmakers.
“Yeah, I believe these are issues that we discuss via the week,” Steichen told reporters. “Like, we put guys in place – what we predict guys do greatest, after which we put them in place to make performs.”
Steichen continued: “So, if we really feel that Kenny provides us the very best probability on this state of affairs to make a play, we’ll put him in. Similar factor with Miles. If we predict he provides the very best probability in a state of affairs, we put Miles in.”
Landon Dickerson Strikes to Left Guard
Landon Dickerson had been taking the snaps at proper guard within the aftermath of Brandon Brooks taking place. He got here in for Brooks mid-game in Week 2, then took his beginning spot in Week 3. However the rookie from Alabama moved over to left guard versus the Chiefs following Isaac Seumalo’s season-ending injury.
The Eagles wished to place Nate Herbig at proper guard and Jack Driscoll at proper sort out with Lane Johnson out. There’s nonetheless uncertainty round Johnson’s standing, that means the offensive line may wind up shuffling once more. Steichen wouldn’t say for certain if Dickerson can be the everlasting left guard for the remainder of the season.
“Yeah, I don’t know it will likely be his spot for the remainder of the yr,” Steichen stated. “Might or not it’s? Yeah, it could possibly be. However we’re working via it and we’re going to play the very best 5 guys each week.”
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