Eagles Reshuffle Offensive Line
The Eagles showed off a different starting offensive line today during the portion of practice open to the media.
They had Jason Peters (LT), Matt Tobin (LG), David Molk (C), Dennis Kelly (RG) and Todd Herremans (RT) with the first team. That’s different players at four of the five positions when compared to who started on Sunday against Washington.
Tobin was outstanding in the preseason. We wrote then that he looked like a player capable of starting in the NFL, but he obviously lacks experience. Tobin suffered an ankle injury and has been sidelined. He returned to practice last week and now is apparently in position to make his first NFL start against the 49ers.
Molk will get the start at center in place of Jason Kelce. He struggled against Washington, but will get a full week of reps with the first team.
Kelly moves over from left guard to right guard. He started last game at left guard, but after Peters got ejected, moved over to right guard. Kelly had some issues there in the fourth quarter.
And Herremans finds himself back at right tackle. That’s where he played in 2011 and 2012 before moving back inside to guard. At 31, the veteran has played well this season. He’s far from an ideal fit at tackle, but apparently the coaches feel he’s a better option than Andrew Gardner, who has struggled. Herremans will just have to serve as a band-aid for one week until Lane Johnson returns from his suspension.
It’s only Tuesday, but the plan seems to be for those five guys to start. Gardner and Wade Smith will likely be the two backups.
KENDRICKS, COX SIT OUT
Inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks sat out today during the portion of practice open to the media. Kendricks suffered a calf injury in Week 2 against the Colts and missed Sunday’s game against Washington. Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho and Marcus Smith II took his place alongside DeMeco Ryans.
Cox also sat out practice. He was listed on last week’s injury report (probable) with a back issue. But Cox played Sunday and played well.