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Cam Jurgens settles into new role at right guard 

Cam Jurgens
Cam Jurgens

Dominating the trenches is an important part of the Eagles brand, especially having a strong offensive line. The Eagles entered Training Camp with a vacancy at the right guard position. After the departure of Isaac Seumalo, the door opened for Cam Jurgens.  

The second-year offensive lineman was drafted as a center and spent last season learning behind Jason Kelce. Now that a spot is available at another position on the line, Jurgens is transitioning to right guard. Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni noted that Jurgens would receive the starting reps when he met with the media on the first day of practice. 

"We are going to start with Cam," Sirianni said. "We will see how that plays out." 

This is not the first time that Jurgens has made a position change. He was recruited to Nebraska as a tight end and played one game there before transitioning to center. Jurgens became the first Huskers freshman (true or redshirt) to start a game at center since 1972.  

"I am learning every day," Jurgens said. "I feel like I have been getting better, it has been a good transition so far." 

Jurgens had to put on weight when he transferred from tight end to center, and he is doing the same with this most recent position change. He is now over 300 pounds after spending college and his rookie season under that threshold. However, Jurgens does see an advantage to being a lighter guard. 

"We do a lot of stuff where the guards go out and pull, I can get out there in open space and into the second and third level," Jurgens said. "That is a good advantage of being a little lighter and a little more agile."

Last year was a development year for Jurgens, he saw action in 17 games as a rookie, playing in 117 combined snaps on offense and special teams. This season has started differently for the second-round pick.

Jurgens has seen all the first-team reps at right guard. Jurgens is sandwiched between Jason Kelce on his left and Lane Johnson on his right. As someone who is learning a new position, working with a six-time Pro Bowl center in Kelce and a four-time Pro Bowl tackle in Johnson has been extremely helpful for Jurgens.

"It is awesome playing between those two," Jurgens said. "I want to make sure I am making Lane and Kelce look as good as they can."

The newly acclimated right guard has improved every day of Training Camp. On Tuesday, he had a strong showing during individual drills. Jurgens pancaked Chim Okorafor at the beginning of practice and then had a strong showing against Jalen Carter and Fletcher Cox in 1-on-1 drills between the offensive and defensive linemen.

Jurgens' most notable play came in the final team period when he blocked Cox on a 48-yard touchdown pass by Jalen Hurts to A.J. Brown.

Cox has also been an influential figure in helping Jurgens learn the ins and outs of right guard. The veteran defensive tackle helps give Jurgens tips from a defensive perspective.

"He has been in the league for so long, he knows exactly what the weakness is and what he is looking for," Jurgens said.

Jurgens will continue to develop as a right guard during Training Camp, with his sights set on starting Week 1 in New England.

Photos from the Kelly Green jersey drop at the Lincoln Financial Field Pro Shop.

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