Kyle DeVan was claimed off waivers from the Colts on Sunday. A week later, he could be the starting right guard for the Eagles in the season opener against the Rams.
Head coach Andy Reid would not confirm who would start at right guard. First-round pick Danny Watkins has been the starter all through training camp and preseason, but DeVan is a veteran who has 25 starts under his belt in Howard Mudd's offensive line scheme from his time in Indianapolis.
"The starting role I'm not worried about. Whatever five goes out there on Sunday, getting them prepared the best they can be (is what's important)," DeVan said. "Whether I'm in there or not, I don't really care. It's all about the Philadelphia Eagles and getting a win."
When asked point blank if he would be the starter, DeVan said that today is only Wednesday and the game is Sunday. Watkins and center Jason Kelce said they would not speak about personnel. Right tackle Todd Herremans, however, did say that he's "going go out to practice today and Kyle's going to play right guard."
Watkins said on Monday that he was prepared for the challenge of starting on Sunday. If he is now a reserve, Watkins said he can learn plenty from watching DeVan.
"He's in here and just the relationship that I already have with him, it's already benefiting me because he's able to draw from past experiences working with coach Mudd and just the offense and the blocking tecnhiques and the terminology that he's using," Watkins said. "So I'm using him as a resource for sure."
Kelce, who is also a rookie, said he's used to working alongside different players from training camp and the preseason.
"I don't think it really matters who's in there. What I'm going to do isn't going to change up too much," Kelce said. "Pretty much the whole preseason, I've been working with different guys from left guard, guys in and out, Jamaal (Jackson) in and out, I'm guys are pretty much used to working with other guys. It definitely keeps you on your toes, but I think that makes us all better because we're not getting too comfortable. We're always ready for adversity."
DeVan compared the past few says to college, trying to study up on the Eagles offense. Mudd has been able to explain specific aspects of the Eagles offense compares to the one run in Indianapolis. As DeVan said it's only Wednesday, but Sunday is fast approaching.
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