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Herremans Moves To Right Tackle

Your new first-team right tackle is Todd Herremans.

Herremans found out on Friday that the Eagles were moving him from left guard, where he was a Pro Bowl alternate last season, to the protector of Michael Vick's blind side. Herremans said that he took the first-team reps at right tackle in Saturday's practice.

"They just think for now it's the best move for the team," Herremans said. "It felt good. Obviously, it's a little foreign. It's going to take some time, but in a couple of weeks I'll be ready to rock. I always felt like I could play tackle so now I just have to back it up now."

Herremans was a tackle at Saginaw Valley State and has five career starts at left tackle with the Eagles, most recently in the 2009 season.

"I was a tackle before I was ever a guard. It's going to feel comfortable eventually," Herremans said. "I just have to get in there and get reps."

With Herremans moving from left guard to right tackle, Evan Mathis slides in as the first-team left guard. Mathis has 22 starts in 58 career games. A free agent addition this offseason, Mathis started seven games for the Bengals in 2009.

Winston Justice, last year's starter at right tackle, remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason. The Eagles signed Ryan Harris, who started the first preseason game, but he suffered a back injury and is scheduled to have surgery on Sunday. King Dunlap started the last two preseason games at right tackle.

Herremans was asked at training camp about possibly making the move to right tackle and said that he was open to the idea, but had not been approached about it. At left guard, Herremans was adjusting to a rookie in Jason Kelce. Now, Herremans will work alongside another rookie in right guard Danny Watkins, the team's first-round draft pick.

"He's in the role that I was when I came in the league, so I kind of know what he's going through, how everything's feeling for him," Herremans said. "I'll just try to help him keep growing as a player. I know what it's like to go in that first year and be stuck inside. Tra (Thomas) helped me out when I first came in and played guard. I guess I can dig into my inner Tra and give him some help."

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