NFC East: Reggie Wells

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.

Eagles-Bears: The inactives

November, 28, 2010
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CHICAGO -- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker will be inactive for Sunday's game at Solider Field. Parker made the trip, but he's not able to go because of a hip flexor. Here are the rest of the Eagles' inactives:

WR Chad Hall, CB Asante Samuel, CB Brandon Hughes, T Austin Howard, DE Juqua Parker, G Reggie Wells, TE Garrett Mills, QB Mike Kafka

Bears inactives: QB Caleb Hanie, S Craig Steltz, CB Joshua Moore, RB Kahlil Bell, G/C Edwin Williams, TE Desmond Clark, DE Barry Turner, DE Corey Wootton

Eagles-Redskins inactives

November, 15, 2010
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Obviously, everyone in the press box has been consumed with the news of Donovan McNabb's five-year, $78 million contract extension. But I'm told there's still a game to play.

As we already knew, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis (groin) will sit out tonight's game. Here are the rest of the Skins' inactives: John Beck, Kevin Barnes, Portis, Chad Simpson, Perry Riley, Derrick Dockery, Anthony Bryant and Jeremy Jarmon

No surprises for the Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Kafka, Chad Hall, Nate Allen, Ellis Hobbs, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, King Dunlap, Reggie Wells, Garrett Mills.

OK, it looks like McNabb's agent Fletcher Smith is about to address reporters, so I'm off to visit with him.

The Jerome Harrison Era begins in Philly

November, 7, 2010
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PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles running back Jerome Harrison is active for the first time since being acquired by the club Oct. 13. The man who once ran for 286 yards in a game for the Cleveland Browns had trouble picking up the Eagles' offense, but now he's apparently good to go.

He'll be primarily used in the passing game, but I wouldn't expect him to receive more than four or five touches in his first game with the Eagles. Rookie linebacker Keenan Clayton will also be making his debut for the Eagles, and I'm sure he'll have a large role on special teams.

I'm joined at the Linc today by AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, who will provide expert analysis on the Colts. He just explained to me why they're wearing 1955 Colts throwback unis today. From my seat, they look more like Michigan State than the Colts. Now, here's a look at the other inactives for the Eagles:

QB Mike Kafka, WR Chad Hall, RB Joique Bell, CB Ellis Hobbs, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, T King Dunlap, G Reggie Wells, TE Clay Harbor

Andy Reid: Jamaal Jackson will start

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said Sunday he expects Jamaal Jackson to start at center against the Green Bay Packers unless there's a "setback." Jackson has made a remarkably quick recovery from a serious knee injury and Reid talked about what his return means to the Eagles.

"This is what we have. We have good depth, so it allows Jamaal to get back in there and give it a shot here," Reid said on Sunday. "As long as he feels strong and good about it and the doctor feels good about it, then we go that direction. Again, if he tires or fatigues at all, we’ve got Mike McGlynn, who’s taken great snaps in there and we feel very confident that he could step in and play. Nick hasn’t played in the preseason, so if he were to get fatigued, we’ve got Reggie [Wells] there, we’ve got [G] Max [Jean-Gilles] there. We’ve got people that have played in positions that we feel very comfortable with to step in and play."

Reid was complimentary of Stacy Andrews, but he indicated that Nick Cole was always going to start at right guard if Jackson made it back to play center. That's a nice thing to say about Cole, but I think the Eagles expected Andrews to win the job in training camp. Obviously that didn't pan out.

If they can stay healthy, the Eagles appear to be in pretty good shape on the offensive line.

Update: For no apparent reason, I had the Eagles opening with the Cowboys in this blog entry last night. My apologies.

Eagles acquire Reggie Wells, cut 10 players

September, 3, 2010
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The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired offensive lineman Reggie Wells from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice in 2011. The Eagles also got a head start by trimming 10 players from their roster.

Wells, 29, started all 16 regular-season games and both playoff games for the Cardinals in '09. A sixth-round draft pick of Arizona in '03, Wells (6-foot-4, 314 pounds) has started 70 consecutive games (64 in the regular season, plus six in the postseason). He has starting experience at left guard, right tackle and left tackle, according to the Eagles.

“We’re adding a player that has started several seasons in the National Football League and has played at a very high level during the course of his career,” said coach Andy Reid on Friday. “He has experience at several different positions along the offensive line and he will be a welcome addition to that group. You can never have enough depth at that position as you go through an NFL season.”

The Eagles also announced they have placed defensive end Victor Abiamiri on the reserve/PUP list and released the following 10 players: Running backJ.J. Arrington, receiverDobson Collins, defensive endPannel Egboh, tight endNate Lawrie, running back Martell Mallett, tackleJeraill McCuller, cornerbackDavid Pender, cornerbackGeoff Pope, defensive tackleBoo Robinson, and safety Anthony Scirrotto.

By being placed on the Reserve/PUP list, Abiamiri is not eligible to play in the team’s first six regular-season games. After the sixth game, the team has three weeks to decide whether to activate Abiamiri to the 53-man roster. If he is not activated during that time period, he is placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.

By releasing Arrington, the Eagles will now receive a sixth-round pick from the Broncos in 2012. No big surprises with this initial cut. Mallett had his moments early in the preseason, but the Eagles feel like they have enough depth at running back with LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell and Eldra Buckley. It helps that fullback Leonard Weaver can basically perform like a tailback in Reid's offense.

Right now, the Eagles have 65 players on the roster. Wells will likely compete for playing time at right guard with Stacy Andrews and Nick Cole.

Could the Eagles end up cutting Andrews? It's possible.

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