What are Andre Dillard’s ceiling and floor for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021?
Sure, there are players signed to one-year contracts who could have their fortunes defined one way or another by their on-field play and rookies who could define their futures in a season dedicated to growing starters.
Heck, no one has more pressure on him than Jalen Hurts, who could become a franchise player or find himself replaced by another QB atop the 2021 NFL Draft, but he, at least, will be doing so as the team’s anointed franchise quarterback – unless, of course, Joe Flacco beats him out in Nick Sirianni’s quarterback competition.
Dillard, by contrast, is not guaranteed a starting spot with the Eagles next season and very well may find himself justifiably labeled with the “B” word – you know the one – if he can’t outperform a former rugby player drafted in the seventh round for the team’s vacant left tackle spot two years removed from being selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Make no mistake about it, this is a huge year for Mr. Dillard, and if he can’t figure out a way to see the field consistently, it’s only a matter of time before his NFL career comes to an end, which is pretty darn hard to believe, considering his pre-draft pedigree.
As far as ceilings and floors are concerned, Andre Dillard’s may just be the one on the Philadelphia Eagles to watch closest of all.