The shaky Eagles offensive line has been a running theme on PFT this month.
After multiple position battles, a new line coach, and no fewer than four possible staring right tackles, the Eagles appear to have settled on a plan.
Rookie Jason Kelce will start at center over longtime starter Jamaal Jackson.
“You can call it a competition if you want. Competition? There is no competition. Whoever’s in there, they’re the starter, point blank,” Jackson said over the weekend via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.
The competition is officially over; Jackson will be on the bench. Todd Herremans has been moved from guard to starting right tackle, while Evan Mathis has been inserted into the starting lineup at guard.
Rookie guard Danny Watkins, who has struggled at times in the preseason, will remain in the starting lineup. The Eagles hope Winston Justice can get healthy enough to play at right tackle sooner than later, but it would be a surprise if he’s back for Week One.
So the Eagles only have one starter in the same spot as a year ago in their new system. The right side of the line is different than it was a week ago. This is not the ideal way to enter a season.
“There’s risk in just about everything you do,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said according to CSNPhilly.com. “There’s a risk in staying put, as well.”