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Eagles move Herremans to right tackle

8/27/2011

In the wake of a preseason game in which the right side of their offensive line was a dangerous-looking mess, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to shake some things up, moving left guard Todd Herremans to right tackle, according to Jeff McLane.

Replacing Herremans at guard, McLane writes, will be Evan Mathis, the former Bengals lineman they signed last month. For the moment, it appears first-round pick Danny Watkins will remain at right guard and fellow rookie Jason Kelce at center.

"Kelce was in there today," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in his news conference following practice Saturday. "We went over some of the things that we didn't execute right, I'm saying as an offense and defense, we corrected some mistakes today and from the game, and had those guys in place there."

With Winston Justice still working his way back from a knee injury, it seemed as though free-agent signing Ryan Harris was set to be the starting right guard. But Harris needs back surgery as a result of an injury he suffered in the first preseason game, and King Dunlap, who started at right tackle Thursday night, does not appear to be the answer. So they decided Herremans, who played tackle when he first arrived in the NFL, should make the move over to solidify Michael Vick's blind side.

There are still options if Kelce and Watkins continue to struggle. They could always put Jamaal Jackson back at the starting center spot if Kelce can't handle it, and Jackson or Reggie Wells could play right guard if Watkins proves to be completely overwhelmed. But the Eagles have put their line in the hands of veteran offensive line coach Howard Mudd and are trusting him to correct what's looked wrong so far. He believes in Kelce and Watkins, and it's likely they'll get a little more time to work out the kinks.