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Justice Impresses At RT In Opener

Winston Justice didn't stand out in his first game in the starting lineup as a right tackle for the Eagles, and that's just about the best compliment you can pay to an offensive lineman.

Justice performed very well filling in for the injured Shawn Andrews, and the right tackle is making a case to be a fixture at the position going forward.

However, Justice didn't do enough to fully impress his toughest critic - himself.

"No," Justice said when asked if he was happy with his performance. "I think I have a lot to improve on. I think, as a competitor, any job you do is not good enough. God willing, I get a lot more chances like this.

"It was a good first step. We still have a long season to go, but we came up with the win, and we feel good about the performance."

Justice faced off against noted Panthers' defensive end Julius Peppers several times and held his own. Most of the time, Justice was left one-on-one with whomever was lined up at left defensive end.

"I had a couple of chips a couple times, but this is the Eagles," Justice said, "they're going to make you block one-on-one. It's a tough situation, but we really prepare for it, me and Juan (Castillo, offensive line coach). This is a good stepping stone and I need to improve, the whole offensive line needs to get better."

If Justice is his own toughest critic, then coach Castillo is next in line.

"Nothing really yet," Justice said, when asked if he'd heard feedback from Castillo yet. "But he's going to say some stuff, there's no rush on that. I spend more time with Juan than I do with my wife.

"My goal is to be a great offensive tackle, and this is just the first step to greatness, god willing."

With Donovan McNabb's status for next week up in the air because of the fractured rib the quarterback suffered on a touchdown run in the third quarter, backup quarterback Kevin Kolb needs to be ready to play in week 2. Having been moved up from a backup role to a starting spot recently himself, Justice knows what kind of position Kolb is in.

"I think (Kolb)'s thinking about the next game," Justice said. "I don't think he's thinking about redemption, just like I wasn't thinking about redemption.

"The coaching staff makes a point to let everyone know that if someone goes down, you need to step up. I think everyone views themselves as (worthy of) playing the whole game, even if they're not."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 5:52 p.m., September 13

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