5 players who Eagles need to be great in 2020

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Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 05: Andre Dillard #77 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on prior to the NFC Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field on January 5, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

1. Andre Dillard

Nothing is more important to the Eagles than keeping Wentz healthy for a full 16-game slate. That makes the play of the team’s left tackle a crucial component of the team’s success.

At the moment, it looks like Jason Peters won’t come back to the Eagles in 2020. That puts second-year pro Andre Dillard into the starting lineup. It’ll be up to him to keep pressure away from Wentz’s blind side.

It’s unclear whether or not the franchise really trusts Dillard to do the job. There were strong rumblings that he was available via trade this offseason. Those fences need to be mended quickly. Dillard is now a big part of this team’s present and future.

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Coming into the league the appeal to Dillard was that his quick feet would allow him to become an exceptional pass protector. He’s never going to maul opponents from the tackle position. The Eagles don’t need Dillard to be a star right away. They just need him to be an adequate starter to protect their most valuable asset. If Dillard doesn’t hold up, it could jeopardize all the good work Philadelphia’s front office has done this offseason.