Eagles: Jack Driscoll has been the unsung hero of the offensive line

Throughout the 2021 season, the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line has been dominant.

The usual suspects like Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Jordan Mailata deserve immense credit for how this front is playing right now. Along with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who’s continued to thrive despite numerous injuries along the line.

Landon Dickerson has also been note worthy. Being a second-round pick usually brings a certain level of recognition with it whenever said player is playing at a high level. But the same can’t be said for 2020 fourth-round pick Jack Driscoll, who’s often been overlooked by Eagles fans. But he’s still a valuable piece to the Eagles offensive puzzle.

With the injuries to Brandon Brooks and Isaac Seumalo early in the season, Driscoll was called upon. He was initially viewed as a bandaid until Brooks recovered, but he’s played so well that Brooks’ future with the team is in doubt.

While most of the Eagles offensive line has made their mark in the running game, Driscoll has provided stout pass blocking ever since getting the starting gig back in Week 4. Of the starting five offensive linemen, Driscoll has posted the highest PFF pass blocking grade this season, sitting at 76.5.

On 270 pass blocking reps, Driscoll has surrendered just one sack, while giving up two hits on the quarterback and 12 hurries. To top things off, he’s only been penalized one time in his 466 offensive snaps.

Driscoll has steadily improved as the year’s gone on as well. He’s fresh off his two best starts to date, where he recorded a PFF pass blocking grade of 84.9 while posting an overall grade of 70.85. His 85.9 overall grade against the New Orleans Saints last week was the highest single-game mark of his career and it was the highest offensive grade given to an Eagles player during that contest.

Without Driscoll, the Eagles wouldn’t have been able to adequately replace Brooks this year. It would have just been another year of musical chairs along the offensive line. Not only has Driscoll replaced Brooks without missing a step, he’s exceeded expectations and has likely earned a long-term starting spot in the process.

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