When the Eagles traded for Reggie Wells, the plan seemed pretty simple – to have him compete for a starting spot at right guard. Philadelphia had just given up on the Stacy Andrews experiment, leaving Nick Cole as the only right guard. After Cole left the game with a knee injury last week, Wells filled in for three quarters.
This week though, it’s been Max Jean-Gilles taking the reps in the place of the injured Cole. “I’ll just make that a game-day decision between [Nick Cole] and Max [Jean-Gilles],” head coach Andy Reid said. “Max obviously has gotten the reps, so we’ll just see how Nick’s leg is doing by gameday.”
Obviously missing from the group at right guard was Wells. Reid explained that the veteran was more experienced on the left. “Reggie’s been a left guard for the last six years. So to learn the offense and then put him on the right side; I’m not sure that’s fair to him,” Reid said.
Wells said there was some input from him on the move. “To a degree, but you know it’s going to be their decision one way or another,” the guard said. “It’s a process and it’s something I’m just trying to be patient with, but I just want to play one way or another.”
Nevertheless, Wells appeared to be in line to contend for a starting spot upon arriving, and after having the opportunity to play you have to think that he thought he might get an opportunity to start. “Anytime that you don’t get the chance to play, obviously anybody in this locker room wants to play as much as they can,” Wells said. “Like I said, it’s something I have to be patient with.”
Wells also mentioned that he didn’t know whether he’d be on the left permanently or just for the time being, but he does not intend to read anything into the switch.
“I don’t know what to take from what move and this and that, I know I have one year on this deal and I know that they traded for me for a reason. So whatever that reason is, I don’t know,” Wells said. “I’m just really trying to stay patient with the whole process and really just get out there as fast as I can. Just ‘cause I’m over there this week doesn’t mean I’m not going to be back over there next week.”
In the long term, Wells has a much better chance of cracking the lineup at right guard, with Nick Cole and Max Jean-Gilles being the competition. Todd Herremans is locked in at left guard, and is widely considered the Eagles best offensive lineman.
For now though, it appears Jean-Gilles will get the start at right guard if Cole is still out. “Now” can be a short period of time thought – just ask Kevin Kolb.