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What impact does Tyler Steen’s retirement from the Philadelphia Eagles have?
On November 26, 2023, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, offensive linemen Tyler Steen (left) and Landon Dickerson of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate winning an NFL game in overtime against the Buffalo Bills.(Photo by Rich Schultz/AP)

Written by Mark Inabinett at minabinett@al.com.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ center for the 2024 NFL season won’t be Tyler Steen.

Jason Kelce declared his resignation from the role last month after serving in it for 13 seasons. Despite not being a center, Steen may be able to start because both of Philadelphia’s guards, Landon Dickerson and Cam Jurgens, can fill that role.

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Eagles coach Nick Sirianni described Steen as versatile and said, “I think he can do a lot of different things.” Having versatile players allows you to be flexible with what you can do with them and where to put different players, which is why the team is excited about Steen.

“Obviously, you are aware of my feelings and those of everyone else regarding Coach (Jeff) Stout(land), the offensive line. Tyler will gain from that coaching, and he’ll bring out the best in these guys. Tyler, a really talented player that we selected in the third round, will also gain from this. I’m happy about his progress and the minutes he played last year, and I think he’s a tremendous alternative. We’ll see what happens.

Steen, who transferred from Vanderbilt, was an Alabama left tackle in 2022. In the 2023 NFL Draft, Steen was selected 65th overall and made his debut with Philadelphia, playing 71 offensive snaps.

Of those, 62 came from Steen’s one and only NFL start on November 5 against the Dallas Cowboys, where he started at right guard and won 28–23.

The offensive line of Philadelphia’s 2022 NFC championship squad was back, with the exception of right guard Isaac Seumalo, who signed a free agent contract to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cam Jurgens started the season for the Eagles in that role. With an eye toward becoming Kelce’s replacement, the Eagles selected Jurgens in the second round of the 2022 draft. However, when the Philadelphia center opted to play one more season, Jurgens was switched to guard for 2023.

However, Steen was able to participate since Sua Opeta was out due to a hip injury sustained in the previous game and Jurgens was in the last week of a five-game stint on injured reserve.

This offseason, Opeta signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sirianni stated that Jurgens moving to center to cover Kelce’s void is not a given. After Alabama’s 2020 national championship team went undefeated, Dickerson was selected in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft and went straight into the starting lineup as a guard. Dickerson was awarded the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center.

Before the playoffs, the Eagles rested Kelce in the second half of their 2023 regular-season finale, with Dickerson starting 33 snaps at center.

Regarding Philadelphia’s starting center in 2024, Sirianni remarked, “I don’t have to make that decision for a long, long time, so we’ll see.” We have plenty of time. We had to go through training camp, OTAs, and walkthroughs.

In terms of how that appears, Cam has a ton of repetitions. If that’s Cam, he has a ton of experience doing that as well. In practice last year, Jason didn’t play center every time. I have a lot of faith that he can succeed. I have a lot of confidence, but we’ll see.

Philadelphia will have its guards back in addition to its tackles, Jordan Mailata on the left and Lane Johnson on the right, returning for the 2024 season.

 

Johnson has made the first team of the Pro Bowl twice and the Pro Bowl five times. For the last two seasons, Dickerson has been a member of the Pro Bowl.

With reference to Philadelphia’s offensive line, Sirianni remarked, “I’m really excited about that group that we have.” “In the three years I’ve been here, our offensive line has played really well. There will undoubtedly be things we need to work to replace because we are losing one of the greatest players in NFL history as well as Eagle history—one of the greatest centers of all time. The fantastic thing, though, is that these individuals have known Jason for three, four, five, six, or seven years.

We’ll see who that is in the center as a result. We’ll find out who the right guard is. But I’m aware that we have several strong pieces.

 

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