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Jackson Says Now Is The Time For O-Line

The offensive line has had its moments of brilliance and its disappointing performances this season. Center Jamaal Jackson, the only player along the line who has been entrenched since the beginning of training camp, has been through all of it and he thinks the line has turned the corner.

"You really can't put a time table on it, it just has to happen," Jackson said. "We're done with the experimenting with such and such, and this line needs to gel. We don't have time to gel, we have to go now. That's where we're at right now."

One of the keys to what Jackson believes will be an improved line is the return of left guard Todd Herremans. Herremans played the entire game against the Washington Redskins last Monday night, and he should only get better after knocking off the rust.

"It's good having Todd back," Jackson said. "He's been out all training camp and pretty much the first part of the regular season. It's good to see him in there, running around and doing things. Right now, it's just time for us to start peaking. There's no time like the present."

And Jackson's right, now is the time. Going up against the vaunted Giants' defensive line and the number one ranked defense in the NFL, the Eagles' offensive line will have to be at its best in order to protect Donovan McNabb and create running lanes for whoever is running the ball.

"I mean, they don't have the number one defense for nothing," Jackson said. "So it's going to be a big challenge. Hopefully, we'll step up to the task and put our best foot forward."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:54 p.m., October 31

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