Bengals Training Camp: 3 OL roster battles to watch on other teams

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Philadelphia Eagles: Jack Driscoll vs. Isaac Seumalo vs. Cam Jurgens

According to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles have the best offensive line in the NFL. If the Bengals were to poach an offensive lineman, the best line is a great place to look. Of Philadelphia’s line, PFF’s Mike Renner wrote the following:

"There may not be a single below-average starter along the Eagles’ offensive line. Pair that with arguably the best tackle duo in the NFL, and there’s no debate about which team’s offensive line belongs at No. 1 heading into 2022. Jordan Mailata’s incredible development at left tackle can’t be understated. After not playing a snap in his first two NFL seasons, Mailata went from spot starter at left tackle in 2020 to the third-highest-graded player at the position in the NFL last season."

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bit of a competition at right guard. Three players, Isaac Seumalo, Jack Driscoll, and Cam Jurgens, are competing for one spot. The favorite to earn the starting role is Seumalo. Jurgens is not going anywhere as the Eagles selected him in the second round of this year’s draft. That leaves Driscoll.

Do not count out Driscoll for the right guard position. Landon Dickerson, a second-round pick from last year, played so well at left guard that he is now penciled in as the starter. Seumalo, the left guard before an injury, is now playing right guard. Driscoll is a real threat, yet Seumalo remains the favorite.

Driscoll played well last year at right guard and right tackle. Again, playing well in multiple positions is a must for the Bengals staff. According to PFF, he allowed only one sack over 512 snaps at guard and tackle. Ted Karras graded out at 72.9. Alex Kappa got a 71.9. Driscoll graded just behind them with a 70.5.

Do not count on the Eagles releasing Driscoll if he loses the guard competition to Seumalo but stranger things have happened in attempts to get rosters down to 53 or sneak a player onto a practice squad.

Also, it has been widely speculated that the Eagles are interested in Jessie Bates.

If Cincinnati does not work out a long-term contract with their disgruntled safety, they could look to move him for other pieces. The Bengals have been successful at this. The most recent example is last year when the Bengals traded Billy Price for B.J. Hill. Cincinnati has since been found guilty of grand larceny.

Perhaps there could be a package that includes Driscoll and/or Dickerson. Even if Dickerson is a non-starter for Philly, Driscoll and picks could net the Bengals a good haul.

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