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A Changing Of The Guard? Chance Warmack Gets First-Team Reps In Practice


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Guard Chance Warmack, who was inactive for the first two games, worked with the first-team offense at left guard in the portion of practice that was open to the media on Wednesday. Starter Isaac Seumalo struggled in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Warmack was the first-round pick of the Titans back in 2012. He made 46 starts at right guard for Tennessee before coming to Philadelphia. During practice, he said he spent time at both the right and left guard spots, getting reps with the first and second units.

"That's why I'm here, just trying to help the team as best as I can," Warmack said. "For me, I just execute what they tell me to do. I trust my coaches. I trust my teammates. Whatever they ask us to do, we're going to execute on that."

The team's leading receiver thus far, tight end Zach Ertz, has some familiarity with Warmack. Both players were members of the 2013 draft class. Ertz believes Warmack's presence up front will be a considerable addition to the offense.

"We're excited to see what Chance can do. He was (10th) overall pick for the reason," Ertz said. "He's huge obviously. He's really strong. He's really good in the run game so we're very excited about him."

Sunday's upcoming game could provide the occasion to prove his blocking ability against a talented Giants defensive line.

"He was good enough to get picked in the first (round) so he's obviously a good player," said running back LeGarrette Blount. "Opportunities are the biggest things in this league. Once you get an opportunity you have to try and make the best of it. You've got to try and stretch it out for long periods of time and as long as possible. Sometimes, if you lose an opportunity, you might not get it again. I think he's going to take advantage of it and do a really good job for us."

Running back Wendell Smallwood chimed in about Warmack as well.

"He's been getting better every day. We've seen him. I know whoever's going to step in, whether it's going to be Isaac or Chance we're going to get that some camaraderie we always have and just keep it going."

Right tackle Lane Johnson started alongside Warmack in the preseason opener in Green Bay. He knows Warmack won't go into Sunday's game with cold feet.

"He's worked hard. Came from Tennessee and he's just been consistently working. Trying to get better with his hands, his leverage, and just been practicing hard and battling all year," Johnson said. "So (when) his opportunity comes he'll be ready."

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