The Eagles’ offensive line has been a mess so far this year. It all began back in March, when Jason Peters, arguably the best offensive lineman in the game in 2011, ruptured his Achilles tendon. He then re-ruptured it in May when his “Roll-A-Bout” reportedly malfunctioned. The Eagles then lost their promising young center, Jason Kelce, in Week 2 to a partially torn ACL tear, and full tear of his MCL.
Both of those losses have been devastating to the Eagles’ success on offense, as Dallas Reynolds has not been good so far in place of Kelce, nor has Demetress Bell in place of Jason Peters. King Dunlap played well enough for a few weeks before losing his job to Bell after hurting his hamstring.
The Eagles are doing their “self scouting” this week during their bye. I doubt they like what they’ve seen from Bell or Reynolds. Enter Chris Williams, who will reportedly visit the Eagles today, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Williams was the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Vanderbilt. The Bears took him with the idea in mind that he would be their LT of the future. It did not work out. After minimal action his rookies season, Williams began his career as a regular at RT in 2009, graduating to LT at the end of the 2009 season. He played LT for the first two games of 2010, got hurt, and when he returned he moved inside to LG for the remainder of the season. In 2011, he began the season at LG but went on IR after dislocating his wrist. He lost his starting job in 2012, and has only played 6 snaps this season.
To be determined where the Eagles see him fitting in. I see three possibilities for Williams if the Eagles sign him:
- Starting LT.
- Starting LG, moving Evan Mathis over to C to replace the ineffective Dallas Reynolds. I should note that Mathis would have been the emergency center if Dallas Reynolds would have been hurt in either of the last two weeks, as the Eagles opted to keep backup center Steve Vallos inactive.
- Reserve at multiple positions.