Dillard has added about 15 pounds this offseason as he prepares to take over as the Eagles' starting left tackle, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The 24-year-old started his rookie year at 315 pounds but played about five pounds heavier for most of the season, and teammate Brandon Brooks (Achilles) said he's currently up to 335 pounds. Longtime left tackle Jason Peters hit free agency this offseason and remains unsigned, but the Eagles have committed to moving forward with their 2019 first-round pick. Dillard appeared in all 16 regular-season games during his rookie year and started four contests, so he at least got his feet wet as a starter as he takes over the full-time gig.
Dillard (knee) was listed as a full participant on Tuesday's estimated injury report, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Dillard left Sunday's game against the Lions with a knee injury after veteran Jason Peters (illness) needed to briefly leave the field. Considering Dillard was estimated to be a full practice participant, while Peters isn't even listed on the injury report, it seems both tackles should be good to go for Thursday's clash with the Packers.
Dillard (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game versus the Lions.
Dillard came in to replace Jason Peters (illness) before getting injured himself. For the time being, it appears Matt Pryor will bump over from guard to the tackle position.
The Eagles selected Dillard in the first round of the NFL Draft, 22nd overall.
Philadelphia traded up three spots to get its guy in Dillard, who looks to be the heir apparent for Jason Peters at left tackle. Dillard is considered the most polished tackle product in this class in terms of pass protection. Per Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus, Dillard had far and away the most "true pass sets" of any tackle prospect -- thanks in part to the Washington State offense -- and he turned out a high grade in those situations. The bottom line is that Dillard is both experienced and adept in pass protection and will be a major help on the line in keeping Carson Wentz upright.