- The Philadelphia Eagles lost Pro Bowl RG Brandon Brooks to a torn achilles, which will cost him the entire 2020 season
- Brooks was rated as the second-best guard in all of football last season by Pro Football Focus
- The Eagles are currently at +2000 to win the Super Bowl this year – can their line withstand the loss of Brooks?
Most NFL teams have just started opening up training facilities and the Philadelphia Eagles have already suffered a big blow.
Pro Bowl RG Brandon Brooks has torn his Achilles and will now miss the season. It’s Brooks’ third achilles tear of his career, as he returned last season after previously tearing his left achilles in January of 2019.
Super Bowl 55 Odds
|Kansas City Chiefs||+600|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1000|
|New Orleans Saints||+1200|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+1300|
Odds taken June 15th
Brooks Loss a Big One
A lot of casual fans might not think that losing a guard is that big of a deal but let’s add some perspective here. According to the Pro Football Focus, Brooks was the second-ranked guard last season and the fifth-ranked player in the NFL overall. He’s a really important part of their success.
Over his four year career in Philadelphia, the Eagles are 41-23 when he’s played at least 50% of the offensive snaps. He’s rarely injured, but the team is 0-6 when he’s out or plays less than 50% of the snaps –proving how much he drives winning.
Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Brooks was the highest-graded guard in football in 2019, the second-ranked guard on the PFF50 and the fifth-ranked player on PFF’s 2019 101.
This news sucks. pic.twitter.com/PyRLEfVxW3
— PFF (@PFF) June 15, 2020
When healthy, the Eagles should have one of the top offensive lines in the NFL. Lane Johnson is an excellent tackle, Jason Kelce is one of the best at center, Andre Dillard is a good young player and Brooks was elite.
Where Do They Get Help From?
Backup OG Jack Driscoll was drafted in the fourth round, but it would be surprising to see a rookie step in and start – especially with this COVID affected offseason. The team also could call former tackle Jason Peters as he’s still a free agent.
Eagles G Brandon Brooks suffers torn Achilles. pic.twitter.com/ClrgvKt8ID
— NFL (@NFL) June 16, 2020
If the team did go for Peters, they’d probably keep him at tackle and kick-in someone like Dillard, which could solve the problem. The challenge here is that any way you look at it, this unit won’t be as good as they were with Brooks.
Are They Still a Super Bowl Contender?
It’s still really early in the grand scheme of things but this is a big loss. The Eagles have now lost one of the best players in the NFL and will have to survive without him – something that the previous stats show they don’t do a great job of.
So will the Eagles sign Jason Peters now with the Brooks injury? #FlyEaglesFly
— Anthony Miller (@antmill40) June 16, 2020
Considering the Eagles Super Bowl odds didn’t change, I wouldn’t be interested in betting them. Had they shifted down, it’s possible I’d take a look but keeping them the same doesn’t make sense to me. Brooks was a valuable piece.
Beyond that, I have greater concerns about this team – including at wide receiver, linebacker and in the secondary. There are flaws on this team and now one of their biggest strengths – the offensive line – isn’t the rock that it once was. To me, this is a team that’s in that 8-8 to 10-6 range, not a championship threat.