Demetress Bell was signed as a free agent once Jason Peters was deemed out for the entirety of 2012 and is expected to anchor an offensive line returning four starters.
Six preseason snaps later, and he’s already been demoted to second-team duties. His replacement, King Dunlap, a seventh-round pick of 2008, was unable to find a long-term contract after testing free agency, and is now responsible for protecting Michael Vick from the likes of Justin Tuck, DeMarcus Ware and Brian Orakpo.
Although the Eagles have packed their bags and left Lehigh, it’s still not too late for Bell to retake his old position. Fans are quick to forget he’s still learning Howard Mudd’s complex scheme and getting accustomed to blocking for a mobile left-handed quarterback.
Bell still has three practice games to prove his worth, but if he can’t get a grip, expect him to get cut and cost himself a bunch of money in what is essentially a one-year contract.