Why the Eagles Could Struggle to Protect Carson Wentz vs. Steelers


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Quarterback Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles seems to be to move towards the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout a 2016 sport in Philadelphia.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have recorded the second-most sacks in the NFL (15). The Steelers have additionally generated the highest share of quarterback pressures in the league this season at 46.5%. In the meantime, the offensive line of the Philadelphia Eagles has been depleted by damage, to the level the place one Pittsburgh beat reporter (Dale Lolley) has postulated that that Steelers would possibly equal or exceed the staff’s single-game sack report (10), which has been achieved on 4 totally different events.

To make sure, it’s unlikely that the Steelers will sniff that report this week, as the Eagles have patched collectively a serviceable unit. (If the Steelers do report, say, 10 sacks, that may put them on tempo for a 100-sack season!) However it’s doubtless that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz—and rookie QB Jalen Hurts, who might also get snaps when the Eagles go to Heinz Area on Sunday—can be below a substantial quantity of strain.

Accidents Have Decimated Philadelphia’s O-Line

The damage bug began to chew the Eagles O-line in the spring, when Professional Bowl proper guard Brandon Brooks suffered a torn Achilles. Subsequent, second-year left sort out Andre Dillard suffered a torn biceps throughout coaching camp. Then left guard Isaac Seumalo went down with a knee damage in Week 2 towards the Los Angeles Rams. (Seumalo is on injured reserve and can miss the Steelers sport). Most just lately, 17-year-veteran Jason Peters—who was signed to substitute Brooks after which moved to left sort out to substitute Dillard—went on the reserve record with an damage of his personal.

In the meantime, proper sort out Lane Johnson missed the first sport of the season due to surgical procedure on his proper ankle, and he’s nonetheless not healthy-in and out of Philadelphia’s Sunday evening sport towards the San Francisco 49ers, which turned out to be Philly’s first victory of the season.

So whereas the line will nonetheless be anchored by 10-year heart Jason Kelce, anticipate the Steelers to carry strain from all positions, together with cornerback and security, to attempt to make issues additional difficult for the younger alternative linemen, who determine to embrace former undrafted free agent Nate Herbig (left guard, Stanford) and rookie proper sort out Jack Driscoll (Auburn). Then there’s former seventh-round decide and former Australian rugby star turned left sort out Jordan Mailata, who made his first NFL begin towards the 49ers and can little doubt be examined by Pittsburgh’s edge rushers.

Pittsburgh’s Go Dashing Leaders

The Steelers have 9 totally different gamers with a minimum of a half of sack this season. T.J. Watt leads the parade with three.5 sacks whereas fellow exterior linebacker Bud Dupree has two, as does inside linebacker Vince Williams, defensive finish Stephon Tuitt and cornerback Mike Hilton.

The Steelers protection is working towards setting a brand new franchise report for sacks, making an attempt to accomplish one thing no NFL staff has completed since the 1980s.

For what it’s value, Carson Wentz was sacked 3 times final Sunday by the 49ers.

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