Does Will Beatty actually make the Eagles any better?

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The Philadelphia Eagles have added yet another player with a Super Bowl ring at a position of need in tackle Will Beatty, but is he their missing piece?

Around the NFL trade deadline, many people outside of the Philadelphia Eagles organization identified three positions of need that the team should address before their inevitable playoff run, an offensive playmaker, a linebacker and an offensive tackle, and after signing former New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty to a one-year-deal, it looks like the team has filled all three holes.

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Much like recent acquisitions Jay Ajayi and Dannel Ellerbe, Beatty has extensive playing experience at a high level and could serve as a quality addition to the team, but unlike the previous two additions, the York, Pa native does not fill an immediate position of need.

While the team did lose future Hall of Famer Jason Peters to a nasty, season-ending knee injury, former fifth-round pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai has actually played fairly well in his absence, as highlighted here.

And while Doug Pederson will deploy an extra offensive lineman on obvious running plays from time-to-time throughout any given game, that position will likely continue to be filled by second-year swingman Isaac Seumalo. Beatty is fairly athletic, but at 32-years old it’s unlikely that he will be utilized on specific pulling plays or as a fullback in the same way the team has utilized Seumalo and Vaitai before him.

No, the addition of Beatty looks like a pure depth signing, one that may ultimately pay huge dividends for the team going forward.

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When Lane Johnson was momentarily knocked out of the Eagles Week 8 game against the Denver Broncos, the team was forced to play Seumalo at right tackle in his absence. While Seumalo actually played fairly well in relief of the team’s franchise right tackle, it’s wishful thinking that he would be able to keep that level of play up over an extended period of time, especially in the postseason.

The signing of Beatty may end up being superfluous, as it’s entirely possible that he may not play a single snap for the team this season, but should he be forced into action, he definitely brings more to the table than converted defensive tackle Taylor Hart, the player he is replacing.

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In Will Beatty, the Eagles betting on another well-traveled player with a Super Bowl ring, who could be invaluable down the stretch for a team with January aspirations.