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Herremans Getting Right For 2015

Posted Jan 1, 2015

Not only is Todd Herremans the longest-tenured Eagle, but he has been one of the toughest since arriving in Philadelphia as a fourth-round pick in 2005.

The final image of Herremans on the field in 2014 was the right guard, playing despite a torn left biceps muscle, fighting Houston All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt. The task was tough enough for anyone this season with two good arms, but Herremans valiantly battled until an ankle sprain left him unable to continue.

Herremans remained a constant presence in the locker room and on the field through the final half of the 2014 season. As the Eagles cleaned out their lockers at the beginning of the week, Herremans sat in the folding chair against the wall in the far end of the locker room and looked ahead to the new year.

"It's been a lot of fun. There aren't any days where you dread coming to work. It's a good atmosphere to be in here," said of head coach Chip Kelly's presence over the past two years. "I just think he has a good group of guys with our attitudes all heading in the right direction. Obviously from the season there are things we need to clean up, but there's only one team at the end of the year that doesn't need to clean things up. I think we're heading in the right direction."

Herremans said that his arm will be healed within the next month, well in advance of the offseason workout program in April. The offensive line, a strength in performance and durability in 2013, was never whole in 2014. Tackle Lane Johnson missed the first four games with a suspension. Guard Evan Mathis and center Jason Kelce missed significant time due to injury.

The Eagles, despite the turnover up front, still sent running back LeSean McCoy to the Pro Bowl after he ranked third in the league in yards rushing. The team also set a franchise record for gross passing yards.

"I think we have a solid group. I think this season we were able to build tremendous depth," Herremans said as 10 different players started along the O-line in 2014. "Moving forward, I don't see a lot of additions that need to be made to the offensive line as of right now."

Herremans has two years remaining on his contract and understands that the ability to play for over 10 years with one team is a rarity in today's NFL. But he's more focused on getting ready for his 11th NFL season.

"I think it would be cool. I'm not really fixated on it. If it happens, it happens and it would be an awesome thing to hang on my wall," Herremans said of the chance to play for the Eagles for his entire career. "There are so many other things in my head right now, getting ready to go forward."

Herremans is 32 years old, but plays where age doesn't have as much of an impact as compared to other positions. Last year, the Eagles gave tackle Jason Peters, who is also 32, a new five-year deal.

"If I'm not playing at the caliber that they want, then they won't keep me. I don't think it has to do anything with me being 30-plus. If you're playing good ball then they'll keep you here," Herremans said. "I just have to focus on playing well."

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