It was released late Wednesday afternoon that Chance Warmack will replace Isaac Seumalo for the starting LG spot against the New York Giants this Sunday.
This move comes after Doug Pederson said that there would be no changes to the Eagles offensive line. Seumalo was taken in the 3rd round in the 2016 NFL Draft. During training camp, he was named the starter over Warmack, Barbre, who was later traded, and Wisniewski.
Seumalo had a rough day against Kansas City, where he gave up four sacks and multiple pressures on Carson Wentz. Some may argue against benching him after only his 2nd start, stating that Seumalo needs time to grow and that the Chiefs game was just a simple bump in the road. However, the Eagles have a huge matchup against the Giants this week who, despite being 0-2, have a strong defensive line. The Eagles had difficulty running the ball last week and they’re hoping they will see a difference by replacing Seumalo. Warmack will likely take on Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who was one of the best run stuffers in the NFL last season.
The Eagles will need to find a way to contain Harrison and get their running game moving, as they are currently 20th in the league in rushing. Legarette Blount did not have a recorded carry against Kansas City and Wendell Smallwood continued to look average on the few touches he got. Doug Pederson needs to find a role for the running backs in this offense because Wentz dropped back far too many times in Week 2 and it greatly affected the balance of the offense. The success of Warmack will have a huge affect on the success of the run game and also the safety of Carson Wentz. If Warmack performs anything like Seumalo played against Kansas City, the Eagles may be in for an upset against the 0-2 Giants.