Much like Tillery, Pipkins was also a healthy scratch for the game against Jacksonville. He’s played sparingly this season, but that was to be expected when the team drafted him in the third round out of Sioux Falls.
Still, he has suited up for 11 games and made one start this season.
During the offseason, the team’s future at offensive line is going to be one of its biggest questions, as it has for the last several offseasons. Pipkins was the only major addition to the group that Tom Telesco made this past offseason, so the team must see what he can do at this point.
None of the other offensive tackles on the roster, including Russell Okung, has a long projected career with the team. In the case of Okung, he is 31 years old and has battled serious health problems this season.
Trent Scott and Sam Tevi are good rotational pieces who nave some good playing experience, but in terms of overall talent, upgrades are necessary.
Pipkins stands a good chance to be that upgrade. At 6-foot-6 with plenty of raw athleticism, Pipkins is just 23 years old. Now he needs that game experience to help learn from the young mistakes he will no doubt make, but it will give the team and its coaching staff an entire offseason to look at that game tape and be able to mold him into the player the team picked much higher than he was projected to be taken.