The offensive line received a much-needed boost on Friday night when starting left guard Todd Herremans made his preseason debut in the Eagles' 20-17 win.
Herremans' impact was immediately felt on the Eagles' second offensive play from scrimmage. From the Chiefs' 18-yard line, the Eagles lined up in the I-formation with Michael Vick under center, Leonard Weaver as the fullback and LeSean McCoy as the halfback. Vick handed off to McCoy who burst between the tackles and made a sick cut to the right to break free for the touchdown. Herremans plowed defensive end Glenn Dorsey out of the way to help pave the road for six.
Sidelined for the first two preseason games as the team wanted to be cautious with a foot injury that cost him five games last season, Herremans was happy to be back on the field as he stated that it was important to see some action before the start of the regular season.
"I definitely wanted to get some game time before we opened up the season against the Packers in a couple of weeks," Herremans said. "I'm real happy with how I felt out there. My foot feels good. My body feels good. It felt great to be out there."
The starting five along the offensive line has not been together due to injuries this entire preseason. Center Jamaal Jackson continues to work his way back from a knee injury. Backup center Nick Cole, who will start if Jackson isn't ready, is also battling a knee injury. But the sight of Herremans tossing a former first-round pick out of the way Friday night was certainly reassuring no matter who lines up in two weeks when the Eagles host the Packers in the regular season opener.
"We just have to be ready to go out there with who's ready," Herremans said. "Whether it's Jamaal or Mike, we'll see how Nick's feeling, we just have to be able to work with whom we got and be ready to go."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:30 a.m., August 28