With training camp right around the corner, it's time to analyze one of the big question marks the Philadelphia Eagles will look to answer by the time the 2010 season rolls around.
The offensive line.
We all know Andy Reid loves to have a big, strong offensive line. It is the foundation for any successful team.
The Birds have talent at all the different positions along the O-line. The only obstacle that must be overcome is avoiding injury.
Staying healthy at the offensive line position is the key to dominating the line of scrimmage.
Last year they lost their coveted center Jamaal Jackson to a torn ACL for the rest of the season, and it's still unknown whether or not he will even be ready for this much-anticipated season.
This injury, along with a couple others, stopped the Eagles from living up to their full potential at this position.
So that being said, when everyone is healthy, let's analyze all the options available to Eagles.
First and foremost, left tackle: the second most important position on the field, behind the quarterback.
This position is pretty much set in stone with returning Pro Bowler Jason Peters holding the reins here.
At 6'4", weighing 340 pounds, Peters is a brick wall who is able to simply erase defensive threats for the Eagles.
If he can stay healthy, he is one of the premier tackles in the NFL and provides consistent protection for newly knighted franchise quarterback, Kevin Kolb.
At left guard, the favorite is Todd Herremans.
He had successful surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot last season, and I believe he will be ready to be the starting left guard for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Herremans is a big body standing 6'6" tall and weighing in at 321 pounds. With Peters and Herremans protecting Kolb's blind side, I think the Eagles are set for the left side of the line.
If not the biggest question, one of the biggest questions for the Eagles is the center position.
Can Nick Cole be the silent leader of the O-line that Jamaal Jackson was for the Eagles?
He needs to be for the season, or at least until Jackson is healthy enough to return to play.
The Eagles were fortunate enough to have Cole when Jackson went down, who is a natural center.
The 6'0", 350 pound joined the Eagles as a rookie free agent and saw action at both the guard and center positions.
He grew to be a true center last season and did a nice job for the Eagles for being thrown into the starting position right away.
He will be efficient for the Eagles, and will hold the reins until Jackson is ready.
At right guard there are two possibilities: Stacy Andrews and Max Jean-Gilles.
Stacy Andrews, brother of the recently released and troubled guard Shawn Andrews, probably has the edge over Jean-Gilles right now.
He is another big body at the guard position standing 6'7" tall and weighing 340 pounds. He can create openings and stuff opposing defensive lineman during goal-line situations.
The Eagles like him, and if he can stay healthy, will be a valuable asset at the right guard position.
Competing with Andrews is Max Jean-Gilles, who loves to push people around.
I think he can be a very good guard in the NFL, and has the tremendous size at 6'3", 358 pounds.
It will be interesting to see how this competition plays out, but look for Andrews to be the starter come the start of the season.
Finally, let's see what they have at the right tackle position.
I am particularly excited about announcing that Winston Justice will be the starter for the Eagles.
A USC graduate, Justice has the potential to become one of the best tackles in the NFL.
He is impressing the coaching staff as we speak and will look to establish his dominance during training camp.
At 6'6", 320 pounds, Justice loves being a part of a group that works together toward one goal.
When asked what the best part is about being an offensive lineman, Justice replied, "The camaraderie among us. I don't think other position groups depend on each other as much as we do."
He is excited to be the man at the right tackle position, and is the final piece to the offensive line puzzle.
That about does it when analyzing the offensive line situation for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Let me be the first to say when healthy, this set of players could be one of the most formidable offensive lines in the NFL.
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