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The Philly Offense Will Miss The Bodyguard

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The Philly Offense Have To Move On

Injuries are becoming a trend in the NFL this season. A majority of the teams in the league are currently dealing with crucial absences on both sides of the ball. The Eagles are no exception to the list. Philadelphia has managed to win six out of seven games this season even with all the injuries they have had. However, the Philly offense lost one of their most crucial players on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins. Left tackle Jason Peters suffered both MCL and ACL tears against the Redskins and will miss the remainder of the season.

Big V Will Replace Peters At Left Tackle

Head coach Doug Pederson confirmed today that Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a.k.a. Big V, is playing at left tackle. There were rumors of offensive tackle Lane Johnson switching from right tackle to left tackle, but offensive coordinator Frank Reich said during a press conference on Wednesday that he liked what he saw from Big V on Monday Night Football. The truth is the Philly offense has no choice but to trust him and find out what he can offer to this team.

The Bodyguard’s Injury Is Bad News For The Running Game

Losing the best left tackle in the game is undoubtedly bad news. The Philly offense will have to be careful with how they run the ball. Peters protecting the left side of your offensive line means you can trust that side to be maintained. Peters is gone, and the coaches will have to adjust by altering the way they call running plays. Big V will have his ups and downs, so expect the team to try different things against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Carson Wentz Has To Prepare For A Life Without Peters

Wentz knows when Peters is the one protecting his blind side, he doesn’t have to look twice. Without Peters, he will have to learn to trust Big V, and that will take a couple of games or more. The left tackle is a significant position in football and Wentz has benefitted from having one of the best in the history of the game. Life without Peters starts on Sunday and don’t let the 0-7 record fool you; the 49ers defense ranks 5th in sacks this season.

Eagles Sign Offensive Tackle Taylor Hart For Depth

Some fans might remember Taylor Hart, the defensive end that the Eagles drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The former Oregon Duck switched from defensive end to offensive tackle because he has not been able to keep a roster spot. Could Hart see time on the field? As of now, it’s hard to tell because the team just signed him this week. Hart’s signing was a must because of Peters’ injury, and it is possible he is only on the roster for depth.