With Righty QB Nick Foles Officially Starting, Philadelphia Eagles Shuffle Offensive Line Again

By Joe Doris
Howard Smith-US Presswire

The Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line has experienced more change this season than the skin of a chameleon running across a rainbow.

First, Eagles’ All-Pro LT Jason Peters suffered multiple Achilles injuries in the off-season and was to be replaced by backup LT Demetress Bell. But before the season even started, LT King Dunlap beat out Bell for the job and entered the regular season as the first-team left tackle.

Then in Week 2, starting C Jason Kelce was lost for the season with a knee injury, and the undrafted and unimpressive C Dallas Reynolds took the spot.

Dunlap was also banged up in Week 2 and was replaced by Bell for four weeks, before taking back the starting job following the Eagles’ Week 7 bye. In reality Bell more so lost the position with his horrendous play, as opposed to Dunlap actually winning it back.

Eagles’ RG Danny Watkins has been out for the past three weeks with an ankle injury, but is expected to return this week against the Washington Redskins in Week 11.

The final blow to the line came when Eagles’ 8-year RT Todd Herremans had an early end to his season after hurting his ankle in the Eagles’ Week 9 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

During Watkins’ hiatus, reserve lineman Dennis Kelly has impressed enough to likely be moving to right tackle if Watkins returns at left guard on Sunday, sending Dunlap back over to left tackle and Bell on a fast track back to the cold, hard bench.

If Watkins can not go on Sunday then the newly acquired veteran Jake Scott will fill-in at right guard, with Kelly still manning the right tackle slot in lieu of Bell.

With the right-handed rookie QB Nick Foles now officially set to start this week following QB Michael Vick’s concussion, it looks like the Eagles trust Dunlap to protect Foles’ blind-side more than Bell. Remember Vick is a lefty, so his blind-side protector (right tackle) is the opposite of Foles (left tackle).

Eagles’ LG Evan Mathis is the only player on the team’s offensive line that has played every game this year.

With the Eagles’ offensive line competing horribly in every arrangement that has been constructed, Foles should be in for a pretty rough afternoon.

The rookie QB just has to hope that his wide receivers can get open quickly, as they are facing the Redskins’ awful 30th ranked passing defense.


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