The interior of the offensive line was overhauled in the offseason thanks to new offensive line coach Howard Mudd. By the end of the season, the Eagles boasted two rookies and a veteran journeyman in the three spots. Let's see how Mudd's magic fared with the guard and center positions along the offensive line and what lies ahead at these spots ...
2011 Season In Review
Two draft picks helped lay the foundation to solidify the interior of the offensive line for the foreseeable future in Philadelphia.
First-round draft pick
With a new starter at each of the three interior positions, the core of the Eagles offensive line was a question mark going into 2011. The opening-day starters at the guard positions were
Dynamic running back
End Of Season Depth Chart
To Be Answered
The biggest question mark this offseason at this position will be whether or not the Eagles re-sign guard Evan Mathis. The 6-6 veteran is close with his fellow linemen, especially rookie Jason Kelce, and has stated that Howard Mudd’s blocking scheme fits his skill set better than any other system he’s played in to date.
After that, how impressive will last year’s rookies Jason Kelce and Danny Watkins be if they attack the offseason program since they can get the work with Mudd that they were not afforded due to the lockout last year. Keep an eye on another 2011 rookie in Julian Vandervelde, who will look to push for playing time in 2012.
Will Jamaal Jackson return as a backup? Jackson is the longest-tenured Eagle and was a consummate professional all year after losing his starting job at center to Kelce. If the Eagles do not plan to keep Jackson, they will have to find an alternate solution to backup Kelce.
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