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After ruling Todd Herremans out of Friday’s matchup, Andy Reid has essentially designated two players that began training camp as backups for starting duty.
Rookie Dennis Kelly will take over as the starting right tackle, while King Dunlap anchors the other side.
Kelly has no chances at supplanting Herremans as the starter—no matter how well he plays. But Dunlap has the opportunity to wrestle the starting gig away from Demetress Bell.
Dunlap’s two preseason performances haven’t been noteworthy—which is by no means a bad thing. Bell, on the other hand, still can’t get a grasp of Howard Mudd’s complex blocking scheme, and will likely enter Week 1 as a backup.
If Kelly and Dunlap can hold their own as fill-ins, the offensive line just might prove to be a stronger unit than we thought.