A few days ago, it appeared that Stacy Andrews would be the team's starting right guard. But in the span of 48 hours, the Eagles imported veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells from the Arizona Cardinals, shipped Andrews to the Seattle Seahawks and named Nick Cole the starter at right guard - where Cole started nine games in 2009.
Cole has been battling a knee injury for the latter part of the preseason, but he's back as a full participant on the practice field and says that even though he wasn't guaranteed of anything, he always felt like the right man for the job.
"I didn't know what was going on. The way I do, I always make it hard for whomever," he said. "Whatever the decision may be, I try to give it 100 percent. That's how I work with me."
Cole added that he's happy with the status of his knee.
"I'm always tough, but I just have to get right," he said. "Better off getting right than going out there and then not being right and messing up, then you don't have a chance."
As for the acquisition of Wells, Cole said the more the merrier.
"That's NFL, baby. (I'm) always competing; fight to keep a job," he said. "Whenever you get an opportunity to play, you have to roll with it."
For Wells, it's certainly been a whirlwind few days. After starting all 16 games each of the last four seasons for the Cardinals, Wells was left as the odd man out when the Cardinals brought in veteran left guard Alan Faneca in the off-season. So when presented with the option of getting traded elsewhere, where he could compete for more playing time, Wells jumped at the opportunity.
"Without a doubt (I still feel like a starter)," Wells said. "Once the moves were made that were made out there, somebody had to go and I wasn't surprised that it was me. Whenever I heard that teams were interested, I was very excited and couldn't wait to come out here and just get a fresh start, start over and just go from there."
Wells has starting experience at every position along the offensive line except for left tackle and hasn't played in a game in which he didn't start since his rookie year in 2003. With that kind of experience and versatility, Wells expects to make an impact.
"We really haven't gone over (roles) that much yet, but they know that I still want to play," he said. "I'm not coming out here just to be a full-time backup. I still feel that I can play in this league and that's why I'm coming out here. We'll take all the rest from there and they were interested enough, so we'll go from there."
For now, Wells will get accustomed to the blocking techniques of offensive line coach Juan Castillo and to the nuances of the Eagles offense. After all, Wells has never had to switch teams before, so there will be a bit of an adjustment period.
"We got some good film work in today," he said. "I think anywhere you go it's going to be different to a certain degree, but certain things are the same, you just need to know how to equate them to what you already know and what you've already learned. I know Juan (Castillo) and I know of him from other people, so I'm just going to take it all in."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 6:10 p.m., September 5