Mathis Preparing To Start At Center

Philadelphia Eagles left guard Evan Mathis.Why not.

The look of the offensive line may change yet again this week, this time (drumroll) with Evan Mathis playing center.

Dallas Reynolds was sidelined at Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. He hopes to be ready for Sunday night’s game in Dallas. If he’s not, Mathis could very well be the guy.

“I feel pretty comfortable there. Take a couple days of practice, a few more reps there, I’ll be more and more comfortable, acclimated,” said Mathis.

The eight-year veteran has never played center in a regular-season game. He played there during the preseason while in both Carolina and Cincinnati, and in a couple games early on in his college career at Alabama.

Mathis said that he would assume the same pre-snap responsibilities that Reynolds had.

“Mechanically, [center] is a little different than playing the other spots,” said Mathis. “It just takes a little getting used to.”

If Mathis does slide to center, Danny Watkins could get the call at left guard. From left to right, it could  go: King Dunlap, Watkins, Mathis, Jake Scott, Dennis Kelly.

Not exactly how they drew it up.

In other injury news: Fletcher Cox (tailbone), LeSean McCoy (concussion), Chris Polk (toe) and Michael Vick (concussion) all sat out practice Wednesday. McCoy and Vick are expected to miss Sunday’s game. Cox is hoping to play.

Jason Avant (hamstring) returned to practice.

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  • Corry

    This has face palm written all over it.

  • EaglefaninAZ

    Lol… Mathis just dissed every center in the league, including his own teammate!

    “I feel pretty comfortable there. Take a couple days of practice, a few
    more reps there, I’ll be more and more comfortable, acclimated,” said
    Mathis.

    “Mechanically, [center] is a little different than playing the other
    spots,” said Mathis. “It just takes a little getting used to.”

    Yup. So easy a caveman can do it.

  • JohnGiam

    THis is actually the best thing andy could do for us. The season is lost, mite as well find out the most that we can about our players. I hope Mathing puts atleast 2 games at center on film..that way the next coach, who cant possibly have less c ommon sense then andy, can evaluate him and decide if he is a viable backup center going forward. We clearly dont have a backup center already in this organization. we know what Mathis is as a guard, might as well find out as much as we can in real games, so its on film and the next eagles coach can go back and evaluate it!
    I just cant wait til I read the headline that the Canadian, senior citizen, fireman with chronically bad ankles got cut! thats the day Im waiting for!
    Cant fix a problem, til you admit there is a mistake! cut the FIREMAN who we drafted cuz we liked that he was so strong and had Huge wrists! thanks howard Mudd! thanks for also bringing in some specialized scheme that takes players 2 friggin years to adjust to, making it completely impossible to look for outside help at the oline during the season, unless there is a guy out there like scott who has already played in your silly lil scheme!..any scheme that doesnt like BIG LINEMAN, does not work for me!

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      Preach!

  • Docboy

    What a clusterf$@k of a season! I’ve followed football for 30+ years and cannot recall any team in the nfl history to have this much injuries on one side of the ball…surely we’ve been hexed?!?

    • Brian

      …what about 2005?

      • docboy

        that was just one player, although a big piece…this year has pretty much all but 2-3 the starters down..

  • djack10

    at some point this becomes entertaining from a completely different perspective…what a spectacle. it has to suck to have to play this season out.

  • The Guru

    What an absolute joke….either incompetence is at a new all time high in the front office….or they’re in official “tank” mode.