The NFC East was a historically bad division in 2020, which is why all four teams were in the race deep into the season. Eventually, Washington took it.
This season, the division is up for grabs yet again. We’re ranking the division by position group. So far we have looked at:
Up today: Offensive line
1. Eagles: Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Landon Dickerson
You can certainly argue that the Eagles don’t deserve the top spot on this list but if they’re healthy (I know it’s a big if) they absolutely have the best offensive line in the division. Kelce, Brooks and Johnson are all over 30 but they still form the best right side of the line in the NFL. If Johnson is really past this ankle injury that would be huge. And Brooks came back from his last Achilles even better, so maybe he can do it again.
Whoever wins the job at left tackle between Mailata and Dillard will be a decent left tackle with a ton of potential. And the loser of that battle will combine with Landon Dickerson to form a formidable backup duo. The addition of Dickerson in the draft gives the Eagles some added depth on the unit.
2. Cowboys: Tyron Smith, Connor Williams, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin, La’el Collins, Connor McGovern, Ty Nsekhe
The Cowboys’ OL dealt with injuries of their own in 2020, as perennial Pro Bowler Tyrone Smith played just two games. Smith even when healthy isn’t as good as he used to be, but he has some good football left in him. La’el Collins also returns after missing all of the 2020 season, which should be a boost. And Zack Martin is one of the best right guards in the league.
The big question for Dallas is at center where Biadasz projects as the starter in 2021. He split time with Joe Looney there last season as the Cowboys tried to replace Travis Frederick.
3. Washington: Charles Leno, Ereck Flowers, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Samuel Cosmi, Wes Schweitzer
It has been a busy offseason for Washington’s offensive line. The team released right tackle Morgan Moses, drafted Cosmi and signed Charles Leno as a free agent from Chicago. So this is going to be a new-look Washington offensive line, but they have some good depth too, after trading for Flowers, who is a washed up tackle who can play guard.
The two positions they won’t worry about are center and right guard. Rollier is entering his fifth season as the center in Washington as a sixth-round pick. He’s a very steady player. And then there’s Brandon Scherff, who is arguably one of Washington’s best player and one of the best right guards in the league. He was named to his first All-Pro team in 2020.
4. Giants: Andrew Thomas, Shane Lemieux, Nick Gates, Will Hernandez, Matt Peart, Nate Solder, Zach Fulton
This looks to be a real weak spot for the Giants again in 2021. Last year, they lost Solder when he opted out, so at least they’ll get him back this season as a veteran backup. But last year’s first-rounder Andrew Thomas didn’t have a good rookie season and is projected to start again. It looks like the starters will be Thomas, Lemieux, Gate, Hernandez and Peart.
The Giants would really get a boost if Thomas ends up working out in Year 2.
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