No position group has undergone more shuffling since the beginning of training camp than the offensive line. A variety of injuries to projected starters has given the Eagles a different look up front, and the new group has performed well, but center Jamaal Jackson expects that it will only get better.
"We're going good," Jackson said. "Stacy (Andrews) is getting a chance to get his feet wet a little bit. Personally, I feel good with having either guard (Andrews or Max Jean-Gilles) out there. It's a work in progress, it's not like all five guys, all five starters from last year returned. Now, I'm the only starter from last year, at least opening day last year."
There's no substitute for time spent in the trenches together, according to Jackson.
"It's going to take a while to get fully acclimated as a unit because we've had so many guys injured," he said. "We've got guys shuffling in and out. So that takes time, it's not going to happen overnight."
The offensive line has done a nice job providing both Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb time to throw in the pocket, as the Eagles have only allowed six sacks all season, the sixth lowest total in the league.
However, the running game hasn't been quite as steady. The Eagles are averaging 4.2 yards per rush, good for 12th best in the league. How can the team improve upon that number?
"Just keep trying it," Jackson said.
Versatile offensive lineman Todd Herremans is rehabbing from a stress reaction in his foot suffered in training camp. Head coach Andy Reid said Herremans is progressing steadily, and Herremans himself targeted the October 26 Monday night game against the Washington Redskins as his hopeful return.
In Herremans' place, Nick Cole has been playing left guard, with Andrews and Jean-Gilles rotating at right guard. Winston Justice has stepped in at right tackle for Shawn Andrews, who was placed on injured reserve.
"I think Winston has done a hell of a job filling in at the right tackle spot," Jackson said.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:17 p.m., October 13