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Hey guys, 

feel free to come over to the Eagles forum this week with any camp notes for the joint practices

 

Should be a fun week

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https://www.pff.com/news/pro-andre-dillard-elgton-jenkins-and-patrick-mekari-shining-as-pass-blockers-early-in-preseason- PFF highlighting Mekari's Elite Pass Blocking prowess he's showcased so far this preseason. 

 

 

#Packers Elgton Jenkins: 0 QB pressures, 89.7 pass-blocking grade (1st/218) #Eagles Andre Dillard: 0 QB pressures, 89.0 PB grade (2nd/218) #Ravens Patrick Mekari: 0 QB pressures, 88.6 PB grade (3rd/218) All 3 are rookies.

 

Of the 35 rookie offensive linemen who have lined up for at least 40 pass-blocking snaps this preseason, three have distanced themselves from the pack by not allowing a single quarterback pressure.

A few familiar names in Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick Andre Dillard and Green Bay Packers second-round pick Elgton Jenkins headline the small group, proving early on that they can succeed against NFL-caliber players. Unexpectedly rounding out the trio is Baltimore Ravens undrafted guard Patrick Mekari.

Jenkins, Dillard and Mekari rank Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in pass-blocking grade, respectively, through two weeks among all offensive linemen with 40-plus snaps in the passing game. It’s a small sample size, but offensive line depth is hard to come by — and these three are showing off early in their NFL careers.

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PATRICK MEKARI

Mekari has put himself in quite an interesting position this preseason. Even with all his success, he could very well miss out on a roster spot with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent. He will almost certainly land on with a team by the time the offseason comes to a close, though, because he’s outperforming offensive linemen around the league — many of whom heard their names called in Aprils of years past.

With that chip on his shoulder, he’s catching the eye of his coaches. Jaguars veteran Datone Jones failed to earn a pass-rush “win” off him in 10 matchups. Green Bay’s promising rookie Kingsley Keke suffered the same fate in seven faceoffs.

Similar to Jenkins, the Ravens are experimenting with Mekari. He saw time as a tackle and a guard at California, allowing just two sacks across more than 1,200 pass-blocking snaps. His success was well-documented, as he notched the third-best pass-blocking grade (89.2) among Pac-12 tackles in 2018 and the fourth-best overall grade (80.2) — one spot behind none other than Dillard.

This preseason, he has seen the most snaps at center, a position where Baltimore’s Matt Skura ranked 26th of 39 centers in overall grade in 2018.

Perhaps there’s a chance Mekari sneaks his way onto the Ravens roster with continued — and unprecedented — success at his least-experienced position, an otherworldly feat at the NFL level for a rookie.

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Mekari got beat a few teams in the run game against GB, but he looks like the best pass blocking IOL we've brought through in years. He's also the youngest lineman on the team. There's no reason he should even sniff the PS, he needs to be on the 53. 

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2 hours ago, DreamKid said:

Glad we get to work against your secondary a couple days, will make the WRs get some more edge going into the season.

Not shocking with the second, Jim tries to limit big plays. In a game they would have much more success with Lamar making plays with his feet to open things up, but can't really get that here. 

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1 minute ago, Kiltman said:

Glad we get to work against your secondary a couple days, will make the WRs get some more edge going into the season.

Not shocking with the second, Jim tries to limit big plays. In a game they would have much more success with Lamar making plays with his feet to open things up, but can't really get that here. 

That's the kind of work Lamar needs, and now is the only time he'll be able to get it. So it all works out.

For us it's great to go against your OL, let our young EDGE pieces get some reps against talented guys besides Stanley and Brown Jr. That will be fun to watch in the game too.

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If the Rams put Darious Williams on their PS, I wonder if we'll poach him back?

He looked like the natural long term backup to Tavon in the Slot, and the Rams stole him when we tried to put him on the PS in October. They loved how he played against the Rams in our joint practices with them earlier in the year. Seems like a good time to pay them back with Tavon possibly out for the year, and us deep at outside CB more so than SCB.

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10 hours ago, DreamKid said:

Mekari got beat a few teams in the run game against GB, but he looks like the best pass blocking IOL we've brought through in years. He's also the youngest lineman on the team. There's no reason he should even sniff the PS, he needs to be on the 53. 

I don't envision him not making the roster. We need all the help we can get on the O-line. The real question is what do y'all think of Roman thus far?

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40 minutes ago, RavensfanRD said:

The real question is what do y'all think of Roman thus far?

I haven't seen anything that concerns me, but it's also too early to get a great read either way.

I like that he's working to find different ways to deploy our stable of TEs, and him reintroducing Ricard to the offense has been great to see. We've also seen the skeletons of some interesting concepts that will likely be used during the regular season, and that's been good. Reports from the players have been positive, and the offense has moved the ball against our defense in practice. If there's some reason to doubt him out there at this point, I haven't found it.

We'll see what he's really made of in our early 3 game stretch against the Chiefs, Browns, and Steelers.

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5 hours ago, RavensfanRD said:

I don't envision him not making the roster. We need all the help we can get on the O-line. The real question is what do y'all think of Roman thus far?

So far I like the amount of motion and balance this offense has. It's not conventional, it's not stale, it's fun to watch. We have guys making plays in space and we get the ball in their hands with room to run. It's a welcome change after watching 10 years of Flacco throwing curl routes.

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