time2rock Posted June 10, 2021 Share Posted June 10, 2021 Eagles’ Jeff Stoutland weighs in on left tackle battle between Andre Dillard, Jordan Mailata Updated Jun 09, 2021; Posted Jun 09, 2021 Philadelphia Eagles will host a left tackle battle in training camp between Andre Dillard and Jordan Mailata.(AP Photo/Chris Szagola, Pool) AP By Mike Kaye | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Jeff Stoutland didn’t hesitate Wednesday when he was asked about the legitimacy of the left tackle competition between Andre Dillard and Jordan Mailata. The longtime Eagles offensive line coach was matter-of-fact about the battle. "Oh, there’s definitely one,” Stoutland said. "And, I think any time there is a competition like that -- and it’s that close -- it brings the best out of both players.” Dillard, the Eagles’ 2019 first-round pick, missed all of last season after tearing his biceps in training camp. Meanwhile, Mailiata, a former Australian rugby player, performed admirably in the first meaningful football games of his life. Now, the two friends will fight for the right to protect presumed starting QB Jalen Hurts’ blindside. "Both players have to be on all day, every day,” Stoutland said. "Cause it’s a competition, whoever is the most productive and whoever does the best, whoever has the most value going into the season is going to be the starter.” Dillard has been cleared to perform for a couple of months, and the Washington State alum claims to have motivation like never before. He feels stronger mentally and physically, which is a positive note, given his early struggles in the NFL. Mailata is looking to build off what he did last season. While he only started eight games, the 24-year-old showed promise in his first meaningful snaps. A 2018 seventh-round pick, Mailata’s NFL journey seems to be finally picking up. Stoutland claims neither player has an edge heading into training camp. Ultimately, the work put into training camp and the preseason will determine the winner of the left tackle battle. While Stoutland, an offensive line coach of 38 years, will have input, the final decision will come from new head coach Nick Sirianni. "I expect that player to fit right in with the rest of the (starters) and be accountable to all the things that are going on,” Stoutland said. "Because when you watch how synchronized the group is, I want the (left tackle) to be just like that.” https://www.nj.com/eagles/2021/06/eagles-jeff-stoutland-weighs-in-on-left-tackle-battle-between-andre-dillard-jordan-mailata.html Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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