By Michael Bennett
The Eagles draft of the talented but injury-prone Landon Dickerson has raised a lot of questions:
How can they spend the 37th overall pick on a gut who is always hurt when the memory of Sidney Jones with the 2017 2nd pick is still so painful.
Jones had torn his Achilles tendon three months before the draft and never panned out.
Four significant injuries in college – torn ACLs in both knees and two significant ankle injuries, including the same kind of tightrope surgery that failed to save the 2020 season for Lane Johnson – likely had many teams around the league red-flagging the 6-6, 330-pound road grader.
“They’re in the past and you can’t change that,” Dickerson said yesterday on 94WIP Radio. “My mindset is, let’s learn from that and move on and see what we can do next time.
“For me, it kind of sounds bad, but I feel thankful for them. These injuries have taught me a lot about who I am as a player, mentally and physically, and what I need to do to take care of my body and go about it so that I can take care of myself and act like a professional when it comes to football.”
Eagles GM Howie Roseman has his own view.
“We want to take chances,” the Eagles GM said. “When we think about Landon, think about what kind of player we think he is and what kind of player we think he can be in the National Football League.”
Roseman hopes a healthy Dickerson can step in for center Jason Kelce or guard Brandon Brooks by 2022.
“Landon Dickerson is a difference-maker,” Roseman said on 94WIP a day earlier. “He’s a difference-maker as a player, he’s a difference-maker as a person. If you’re going to bet on a guy, he’s the kind of guy you bet on.”
“When we watched Landon Dickerson, we were going, ‘This guy’s mentality reminds you of Jon Runyan,’” Roseman noted. “That’s what he is. He is that kind of enforcer that you have on your football team and he is such a good player.”