Philadelphia Eagles: 5 lessons from first week of training camp

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Uncertainty at right guard

One of the biggest questions coming into camp is the right guard position. Through seven practices, it’s still a complete mystery. Many have pegged Matt Tobin to be the favorite to win the job, but the Philadelphia Eagles have rotated players constantly. Andrew Gardner, John Moffitt, Julian Vandervelde, along with Tobin have gotten a crack at running with the first team.

The uncertainty is building and hopefully there will be an answer soon. The preseason games will be the benchmark but the sooner the position is sorted out, the sooner the offensive line can start building that chemistry that is needed. Right tackle Lane Johnson spoke about that needed chemistry with whoever the starter would be and talked about the importance of relying on each other, “I need to be on the same level. Even in pass protection, he helps me and I help him. It’s vital.”.

Lane Johnson knows that there needs to be some stability at the right guard position and head coach Chip Kelly shared the same sentiment –

"“It’s an ongoing battle. If it was today, we would have had one guy just jump out in the first four days of practice and we could set it. We’d love to have it done sooner than later, but we want to make sure it’s the right guy and the right fit.”"

That sounds nice, but it also sounds like no one has taken control over the starting job.

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