While a lot of attention has been paid to projected starting right tackle Shawn Andrews and a timetable for his return from a back injury, the man who currently holds the right tackle position has been wholly focused on the task at hand.
"I'm not really worried about Shawn (Andrews)," said Winston Justice, who has been the first-team right tackle for the majority of the preseason. "I mean, I hope he's fine, but I'm not really peeking over my shoulder. I'm just worried about the job that I need to do and the stuff I need to accomplish."
Even if Andrews takes over the position upon his return to health, Justice will provide invaluable insurance.
Justice credits a change in his off-season schedule for aiding his transformation from rarely-used backup to a player the coaching staff can rely on to get the job done as a starter.
"I did a lot of things differently this year," Justice said. "I think I grew up a lot. Instead of going back home, I stayed here in Philly and worked extra with Juan (Castillo), the offensive line coach, and I think it played a major part in my life."
Justice heads into Thursday night's game against the Jaguars expected to play the first three quarters - the playing time Andy Reid said most starters will receive. It will likely be the most playing time Justice has had in a long time, but that doesn't change his preparation.
"It will be the same mindset I have for every game," he said. "Just trying to have the best game that I can at right tackle."
Justice has been working solely at right tackle this preseason, the position where he feels most natural.
"I feel a lot more comfortable at right tackle," Justice said. "I played there in college and, god willing, I'll have a lot more opportunities to play there with the Eagles. I feel good about it."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 4:05 p.m., August 26