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Different Outlook For Justice This Summer

What a difference a year makes.

At this time last summer, offensive tackle Winston Justice was considered by many to be a "bust" after the former second-round pick had failed to make an impact for the Eagles. Justice was fighting simply for his place on the 53-man roster.

Then, after a productive off-season working closely with offensive line coach Juan Castillo, Justice emerged in training camp and grabbed hold of the starting right tackle job. Justice ended up starting all 16 games at right tackle in 2009, the only Eagles offensive lineman to start all 16 games at the same position.

And so now Justice prepares for training camp from a different angle, as the incumbent, already armed with a lucrative contract extension. But don't think that means Justice has lost his edge.

"I'm still fighting for a job now," he said, "everybody is (fighting for a job) and that's why the NFL is so successful, because everyone's competing. This year I have to compete and compete against myself too, so I'm just going to keep getting better as a player."

Never complacent, Justice has worked to beef up a bit this off-season, moving from last year's playing weight of around 308 pounds to over 320 pounds.

"I think I got a lot accomplished and I'm moving toward my goal of beng a great tackle and I think it all starts in the weight room," he said. "I'm a little bit heavier this year. Hopefully it's all good weight. I'm testing my body fat all the time to make sure it's all right."

There are expected to be a few changes to the offensive line that played for much of last season. Nick Cole, who spent most of last season at right guard, is expected to step in at center, at least until Jamaal Jackson returns from last season's torn ACL. Cole's move has opened a spot next to Justice at right guard that will be filled by Stacy Andrews.

"Stacy was always a good guard to me," Justice said. "I think he's already come along so I think he's a great player and he's going to have a great season.

"I think we already have (cohesiveness) ... and I think the more we play with each other during the season, the more it will all gel together just like it did last year."

And, of course, there's one more major change on the offense this season, as another former second-round pick of the Eagles finally gets his chance to start - Kevin Kolb.

"I don't think it changes the offense that much," Justice said of Kolb taking over. "Him and (Donovan McNabb), they learned from the same guys, they're in the same offense and they both at great athletes, so I think Kevin's just going to take it a step further and have a great season."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:39 p.m. June 20

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