By Peter Brennan
OTA’s and mini-camp are in the rear view, and Eagles rookie left tackle Andre Dillard has been impressive.
The first-round pick won’t have the pressure because he has an all-time great playing in front of him. The great thing about having Jason Peters for a teammate is that you don’t have to rush as a prospect and all of the immense wisdom that you can receive from the future Hall of Famer.
And offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland told the Philly Voice that Dillard looked great:
“I just liked the love of football, the importance of it to him. Being prepared. I like the fact that he’s looking for someone who is going to challenge him. I also thought it was important for him to get to know who I am if this thing worked out. The compatibility between the player and the coach (is important), and I also just felt he was the perfect fit.”
“Consistent improvement. He improves every day. He’s exactly what he was when we evaluated him. He’s just smooth, a great athlete.”
Stoutland believes Dillard can improve immensely as a run blocker, and with a red-shirt season coming barring serious injury or Peters needing relief, the Eagles future at left tackle who get all the seasoning he needs before taking over in 2020.