Eagles Defensive Tackle Position Weakened After Beau Allen Injury
Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Tackle Beau Allen injured his pectoral muscle on Saturday.
The timetable for Allen’s return is 4-6 months. The Eagles just lost a key piece on their defensive front in Bennie Logan this free agency. Allen was poised to be Logan’s filler this offseason, but that will not be the case now.
The recent signing of Timmy Jernigan now seems like one of the biggest signings this offseason for the Eagles. The current depth chart rotation of defensive tackles includes Fletcher Cox, Jernigan, Aziz Shittu and Destiny Vaeao. Cox has already established himself as a starter on the team. Therefore, the other starting defensive tackle spot is open for competition.
While Allen is sidelined, it would make sense for Jernigan to immediately fill in the empty spot. The two were the team’s top options for the No. 2 starting spot before Allen’s injury.
The defensive tackle depth is also now a bit shaky and will need fixing. The Eagles could draft a player at the position as early as the third round in this coming NFL Draft. Compared to before Allen’s injury, the team’s top priorities were cornerback, running back and defensive end. Now, within the first four rounds one can expect the Eagles to draft all of the above.