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King Dunlap gets the call again in Philly

Mike Kafka, Dunlap King AP

When the Eagles said that Demetress Bell would have to beat out King Dunlap to replace Jason Peters as the team’s starting left tackle, it sounded like a bit of lip service meant to make sure Bell didn’t take anything for granted.

After all, the Eagles already knew what Dunlap could do and it wouldn’t make much sense to spend $3.25 million on Bell as a free agent unless they were convinced that he was an obvious and unassailable improvement over Dunlap. It’s not hard to figure out why they might have thought that would be the case. Dunlap’s got optimal size, but his seven starts over the last two seasons have provided little no evidence that he’s got the chops to hold things down on more than an emergency basis.

If that’s what the Eagles thought, though, they’ve been proven wrong. Dunlap will start for the second straight week when the Eagles face the Browns on Friday night, which indicates that he did enough against the Patriots to make the team think he’s the better man for the job this season. We can’t be sure that things will remain that way, but we’re feeling pretty certain that Bell isn’t going to cash in on that $8.5 million roster bonus for next season that the Eagles gave him.

The Eagles will have a new right tackle on Friday night, although Todd Herremans will be there come the regular season. He’ll miss Friday night’s game because of a death in the family, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Rookie Dennis Kelly will take his place.

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17 Responses to “King Dunlap gets the call again in Philly”
  1. bobbyhoying says: Aug 23, 2012 1:19 PM

    The loss of Peters definitely helps the rest of the NFC East.

  2. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 23, 2012 1:20 PM

    What’s the over/under on number of snaps before Vick is carted off the field?

  3. silvernblackpa says: Aug 23, 2012 1:23 PM

    If you ever want to watch a career die in real time, find a tape of the Raiders/Eagles game from 2009 and watch Richard Seymour singlehandedly demolish whatever was left of Donovan McNabb’s skill.

    his blindside protector that day? King Dunlap.

  4. dawkphan says: Aug 23, 2012 1:37 PM

    King looked good on monday, lets just hope he can keep it going.

  5. lorddarkhelmet says: Aug 23, 2012 1:39 PM

    My guess is because Dunlap has more experience in Mudd’s scheme he is ahead of Bell at this point. Pretty hard for me to believe Bell can’t beat out Dunlap at some point this year though.

  6. daysend564 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:47 PM

    Better ship Bell off to the Jets, get something out of him.

  7. gumbogumbo says: Aug 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    brettfavresmidget says: Aug 23, 2012 1:20 PM

    What’s the over/under on number of snaps before Vick is carted off the field?

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    The Eagles announced Foles as the starter for Friday’s game yesterday. Vick isn’t going to be on the field for the rest of the preseason.

  8. tombradyswig says: Aug 23, 2012 1:49 PM

    oh no!

  9. mdpickles says: Aug 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    Sure hope King doesn’t turn into a Queen. And Bell has been renamed Mistress Bell.

  10. birdsfan17 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:28 PM

    Mcnabb is RH, Vick is LH. Dunlap playing LT for mcnabb is a much bigger issue than for Vick. Not to mention Dunlap is more experienced now than in ’09. Herremans will be solid protecting Vick’s blind side. Peters is a huge loss though

  11. stercuilus65 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    “his seven starts over the last two seasons have provided little no evidence that he’s got the chops to hold things down on more than an emergency basis.”
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    Yeah I suppose shutting down John Abraham of the Falcons for the whole game counts as “little evidence”.
    More lazy, clueless writing….

  12. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 23, 2012 2:40 PM

    With how bad he has sucked over the years, I never realized how big this dude actually was.

  13. catquick says: Aug 23, 2012 2:53 PM

    I recall some Eagles fans laughing last spring when they signed Bell. They hooted and hollered about how Buffalo was a farm club for the Eagles. Now we are laughing as you get used to figuring out why he was called “DeMattress” HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

  14. fmwarner says: Aug 23, 2012 2:53 PM

    Based on what the team thought of Dunlap for the first four years of his career, I can’t imagine the light bulb suddenly went on. I won’t profess to have seen it for myself since judging OL play is nearly impossible for fans, but my guess is that Bell is stinking up the joint and Dunlap is a slightly better but still unacceptable option.

  15. antneejay2 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:30 PM

    As I understand it, Dunlap has improved to the point of being mediocre at worst. He didn’t look horrible to this set of partially trained eyes last year on the right side.
    By the way, I don’t believe he is of optimal size. Too tall.

  16. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 24, 2012 5:23 AM

    I dunno, man, he has to be close to the largest athlete in the history of pro sports.

    They say quantity has a quality all its own.

  17. oldbyrd says: Aug 24, 2012 12:57 PM

    Some of you might remember that i said Dunlap is a lot better than given credit for. He was a 6th or 7th round pick who has taken a lot of time to develope. That was said about him when he was drafted. I think he will make a good contribution. He is also a good guy. Not Jason Peters, but then who is. Im rooting for him.

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