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Isaac Seumalo Likely To Start For Eagles

The rookie offensive lineman and former Oregon State standout is in position to contribute immediately.

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Isaac Seumalo making an impact early for the Eagles
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Former Beaver, and 2016 third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles Isaac Seumalo is making an impression during his rookie preseason in the NFL. Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland has been impressed with what he has seen from Seumalo so far, and with an offense that is going to throw the ball a lot that is a good sign.

Seumalo was projected to go later in the draft than he did, but he may have the chance to live up to his third-round expectations. Allen Barbre, the Eagles’ starting left guard last season, may be shifting over to right tackle to replace Lane Johnson. Johnson is currently facing a 10-game suspension for illegal substance use, which opens up ample amount of playing time for Seumalo. The Eagles will need some help replacing Johnson, even with him in the lineup they allowed 37 sacks this past season. Seumalo has a chance to make a big impact on offense if he is able to stay healthy.

During his time at Oregon State, Seumalo was the first true freshman to start at center in Corvallis since Roger Levasa in 1978. He also received Freshman All-American honors, and All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors.