Eagles LT Andre Dillard was pretty good against the Cowboys, with gifs and stuff
After it was revealed Friday last week that Jordan Mailata would miss the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Dallas Cowboys, the LT position has become a major concern with Andre Dillard replacing.
While the Eagles as a team were bad Monday night, Dillard played well and wasn’t the responsibility in this game that some (including himself) thought he could be. I watched Dillard’s shots from Monday night’s game and cut out a video of his relevant pieces. It’s here, for those of you with an attention span of around five minutes:
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Did you watch it? Yes? No? Well, whatever. Here are my takeaways from Dillard’s performance.
• Dillard saw spikes of finesse all night, which is understandable considering the Cowboys lost their best passing thrower to DeMarcus Lawrence (plus a lot of other guys). They were playing a linebacker in Micah Parsons at DE, and Randy Gregory was in a starting role. Parsons and Gregory are guys who are going to win with speed, not power, and Dillard handled them pretty well.
Dillard’s best attributes coming out of college were his quick feet and overall athleticism, and he showed that on Monday night. He can mirror and match the speed guys all day long. Like here:
• Dillard did a good job working with Isaac Seumalo on twists and stunts, with speed and recognition.
• Dillard’s weakness as a pro, by far, has been his inability to anchor himself against power. Lucky for him, the Cowboys didn’t nearly push him around at all, with the exception of this rush from rookie Chauncey Golston:
As you can see, Dillard is pushed back five paces, and it’s not even a particularly good run. For a team that beat the Eagles so well on Monday night, it was odd to me that the Cowboys didn’t try to get through Dillard early and often.
• In the screen game, Dillard was frustrating. His athleticism is evident when he runs past Miles Sanders (below), but he’s too passive for my liking to attack aspiring tacklers. Remember week 1 when Jordan Mailata almost killed a guy? I don’t think you’ll ever see that kind of Dillard play.
And then here Dillard might get a chance to hurt CB Trevon Diggs, but he just gets in his way.
Mailata reportedly tried to make Diggs even pay for its existence.
• It would be nice to know how Dillard played in the running game, but since the Eagles didn’t run the ball Monday night, bad luck.
Monday night was Dillard’s best game as a pro by far. He came up against an ideal opponent who didn’t test his greatest weakness, however, perhaps it was a performance of confidence.
I don’t think all concerns about Dillard’s play were dismissed as he played well on Monday night. At some point, if Mailata is going to run out of time any more, Dillard is going to face power rushes, and he’s yet to prove he can stop them.
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