This Saturday the Philadelphia Eagles signed right guard Kyle DeVan, after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts. DeVan is a five-year NFL veteran, and is a one-time Super Bowl Champion during his stay with the Colts. To acquire DeVan the Eagles were forced to cut defensive tackle Cedric Thorton.
With the addition of DeVan, the Eagles acquired some veteran presence for an offensive line that currently consists of three rookies. It would be surprising to see DeVan have any real chance to jump ahead of Eagles’ first round pick Danny Watkins at right guard, but his spot on the roster provides insurance if an untimely injury were to happen. Worst case scenario is that it turns up the heat on Watkins, and he steps up his game — Which has been weak during the pre-season.
The Eagles, despite drafting three offensive lineman, have struggled immensely this pre-season, and are going to have to step it up. Michael Vick is way too valuable to be taking the shots he was taking during the greater part of the pre-season. LeSean McCoy seemed to have no issue with the poor offensive line play, but that may be due mainly to his top line speed and excellent cut-back ability.
My personal hope is that DeVan helps mentor and teach Watkins and the rest of the young offensive line the ropes of playing in the NFL, and possibly even stepping in as a starter if one of the current starters wasn’t getting it done.
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