The Philadelphia Eagles have a tough matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. It was made even tougher when they received news they will be without right tackle Lane Johnson (concussion). Rookie Andre Dillard, who has no prior experiences at right tackle, will be starting in his place has the Eagles with a huge disadvantage.
When asked about getting his first ever start at right tackle, Dillard didn't seem to be too sure of himself that he will be able to fill Johnson's shoes. He said has been like writing with his opposite hand.
With given less than a week to learn a whole different position, I'm officially scared for Carson Wentz. Dillard will not be able to rely on instincts or muscle memory to get him out of this potential nightmare either. So to think they are gonna feed him to the wolves against the Seahawks gives me anxiety, and I can only imagine how he must feel.
The only good news is that Jadeveon Clowney might be out for Sunday's game, and so he might get to face a slightly weaker opponent.
I saw his Dillard's first play against the New England Patriots when he had to briefly step in for Jason Peters, and let's just say he was pushed right back to his quarterback as if he was on rollerblades. They may call Halapoulivaati Vaitai the walking turnstile, but I actually would have much more faith in seeing him at right tackle than Dillard at this point since Vaitai is more familiar at the position.
This game has gotten a whole lot harder, but when the player does not have confidence in himself that's when I hit the panic button. I'm expecting Wentz to run around like a chicken with its head chopped off. The running game might be hampered by this move too, as the 'backs will have a harder time finding any gaps generated by Dillard than they would have with Johnson healthy. They will need a miracle to get this already struggling offense going. I do not expect Dillard to play at Johnson's level, but if he can just protect Wentz and keep him from getting hurt that's all anyone can hope for at this point.