NFC East position breakdown: offensive tackles

<b>Each week leading up to the start of the regular season EaglesInsider will break down each position in the NFC East. This week: Offensive tackles. The NFC East holds some great offensive tackles, most notably Tra Thomas and John Runyan. But up-and-coming tackles like Jon Janson still keeps interest in the NFC EAST tackle department. Notorious for having oversized offensive lineman, this year's NFC East is no different. So without further adieu, lets breakdown the Ot's in the NFC East.</b>

Name: Jon Janson Team: Washington Years Pro:5 H: 6'6 W: 306

Jon Janson started all 16 games for the Skins in 2002. The second round pick in 1999 started immediately for the Skins in 2000. He has earned a game ball for the Skins in 2001 by helping them get a season high 226 rushing yards against Seattle on November fourth. He also earned another game ball for outstanding efforts in a week 16 40-10 win over New Orleans in 01. Janson is one of the players Washington does not have to worry about. He has lived up to his nickname "Rock" because he is VERY rarely injured. The Skins have a guy who can play OL for about 10 years.
Name: Flozell Adams Team: Dallas Years Pro: 6 H: 6'7 W: 357

Flozell Adams proved to be Mr. Durability in 2002. Starting all 16 games for the third straight season. He saw decent playing time at guard in his rookie year, but without much commotion, made the transition to left tackle. With natural strength and great athletic ability, Adams is becoming one of the finest tackles in the NFL. Adams also has appeared on the Cowboys field goal unit, blocking 2 kicks, and showing he can play almost anywhere on the line. Don't think I'm serious about Adams effectiveness? Check out Emmitt Smiths rushing yards, most of his plays are right behind Left Tackle.
Name: Luke Petitgout Team: New York Giants Years Pro: 5 H: 6'6 W: 310

Although the Giants Offensive Line is generally a big mess, they have one bright spot. First round pick out of Notre Dame, Luke Petitgout, has started every game for NY in the past three years. In college, Petitgout was named to the first team All-Independence conference in his senior year. The natural-born guard made a transition to left tackle early in his year, proving he is just as flexible then anybody in the year. Petitgout has been known to really step up to the challenge of tough matchups. He is known for his great games against Titan Jevon Kearse, and Courtney Brown. He earned a game ball for his efforts in the 2000 NFC Championship game against Minnesota, where he allowed no sacks, and did not even give up a tackle. If the G-men had more men like this guy on their O-Line, they would not have the problems they are having now.
Name: Tra Thomas Team: Philadelphia Years Pro: 5 H: 6'6 W: 320

Tra Thomas has quietly become possibly the best tackle in the League. Jon Runyan has combined with him to bring the best one-two-tackle punch in the NFL. Thomas is durable, missing only one game in his professional career, on January sixth, 2002 against Tampa. Thomas earned his first Pro-Bowl honor in 2001, when Orlando Pace dropped out of the game. He has paved the way for Duce Staley to get two 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In ‘98 Thomas finally got the message through to the NFL that he was a great Tackle. He did not give up a sack the entire month of December. Tra Thomas loves it in Philadelphia, and when his contract starts to get thin, I can bet my house that he will stay with the Eagles. Overall, Thomas is a mean, strong, confident, and optimistic left tackle. He is the kind of guy who can make a running backs job, a whole lot easier.
overall outlook

Tra Thomas, along with Jon Runyan, are the best tackles in the NFC East. Thomas is a young guy that has never had a bad year. He can handle anybody in the league. For me it's not about being complacent, it's about being the best at what you do. When I retire, I want them to say, 'Tra Thomas was one of the best.' Like Art Shell and Anthony Munoz. That's what it's all about for me. I'm getting better, but I won't ever be satisfied." - Tra Thomas


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