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Pederson names rookie Vaitai starting right tackle

Philadelphia Eagles' Halapoulivaati Vaitai adjusts his helmet during practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

With Lane Johnson serving a 10-game suspension, Eagles coach Doug Pederson has named rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai the team’s starting right tackle.

Vaitai was a fifth-round pick last spring. He has yet to make a regular season appearance.

Pederson calls Vaitai “Big V,” which saves a lot of syllables. The Eagles’ official pronunciation guide says it’s Hal-lah-poo-lee-VAH-tee VIE-tie.

The team’s unofficial depth chart listed Allen Barbre at right tackle once Johnson was moved to the reserve/suspended list.

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14 Responses to “Pederson names rookie Vaitai starting right tackle”
  1. schmitty2 says: Oct 12, 2016 10:51 AM

    Whoever ever does the Eagles jersey stitching is going to end up with carpal tunnel syndrome.

  2. bathroombenlovemachine says: Oct 12, 2016 10:52 AM

    The Eagles have No Super Bowl Rings

  3. touchdownelvis says: Oct 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    I think I’ll call him Big V, too.

  4. leroyquimby says: Oct 12, 2016 11:00 AM

    Joke about name here

  5. winged warrior says: Oct 12, 2016 11:01 AM

    NEXT MAN UP !

  6. purplepride11 says: Oct 12, 2016 11:16 AM

    Going to get eaten alive by Robison and Hunter next week.

  7. benfranklinshat says: Oct 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    Good luck Halleberrypoolyvaiti!
    Go Eagles!

  8. eaglesw00t says: Oct 12, 2016 11:51 AM

    He didn’t play terribly in the preseason. Granted, that was against second stringers…

    I hope he does ok though. I really think this may be Jason Peters last season, and when Lane comes back, you’ve got to kick him to LT for what he is getting paid.

    Then let Vaitai start at RT until you find something better. Hopefully he fits.

  9. mykelane says: Oct 12, 2016 12:08 PM

    HPV

  10. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 12, 2016 12:19 PM

    Eyes on you, Kerrigan

  11. chrisk61 says: Oct 12, 2016 12:25 PM

    thanks lane,

    freakin druggie

  12. jonwill57 says: Oct 12, 2016 12:27 PM

    @bathroombenlovemachine says:
    Oct 12, 2016 10:52 AM

    The Eagles have No Super Bowl Rings
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    And neither do you!

  13. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 12, 2016 12:41 PM

    The TV analysts will have to call him Big V too, otherwise they will have to cut to commercial every time after saying his name, which I am not going to try to type here.

  14. thereyougo2 says: Oct 12, 2016 12:47 PM

    Bathroom Ben lovemaking machine is from north Jersey, 10 to 1. What’s more, he’s never left home and believes there is no other world outside the garden state.

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