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C Molk Takes Step Toward 53

Posted Aug 26, 2014

There is no tension, David Molk insists. He's a wide-smile kind of guy, and the way this preseason has gone for the offensive lineman, it's understandable why he has the sunny disposition.

Molk has done a good job as the team's backup center, using his quickness and strength in the team's zone-blocking scheme. A seventh-round draft pick by San Diego in 2012, Molk seems to have found a home providing insurance behind Jason Kelce at the all-important center spot.

"It's worked out well for me. This is a system that I'm made for. It's something that I can thrive in," said Molk. "If I didn't play well here, in this system, I would get the feeling that I should just hang 'em up. This is the kind of place where I can be successful. I enjoy it. I enjoy every day and every play we run and it's fun for me."

At 6 feet 1 and 290 pounds, Molk is probably an inch or two shorter and a few pounds lighter than the prototypical size in the NFL. But in a scheme that uses a lot of zone blocking techniques that require offensive linemen to have quick feet and move sideline-to-sideline on every play, Molk is a great fit.

The former Michigan standout played in 12 games as a rookie in San Diego before he was moved to Injured Reserve with a thumb injury. Waived the following August, Molk spent all of 2013 unemployed before the Eagles signed him in January, 2014 to a futures contract.

His future with the Eagles is now, though. Julian Vandervelde suffered a back injury early in the summer and was waived/injured on Tuesday to allow the Eagles to reach the 75-man roster limit. Molk has stepped in and stepped up and now has a clear path to the 53-man roster.

"I'm looking forward to playing. There's nothing like it for me," he said. "I'm going to have fun and go out and do the best I can.

"The rest of it, I think it's a stressful time right now for a lot of guys it can be. I have experienced it before and I realized that there's no reason to be nervous. If you're nervous you're going to alter your decisions and alter your mindset. I'm going to relax and play. It's just a game."

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