Winston Justice isn't looking back. Starting Sunday's game at right tackle will in no way, he says, serve as redemption for the tough game he had against the Giants three seasons ago. Sunday, instead, represents a chance to play a good game against an excellent group of Carolina players looking to disrupt the Eagles offense in the 2009 season-opening battle.
"I'm not even thinking about that (Giants) game. I'm looking forward to the Panthers right now and to being a great offensive tacke," said Justice. "That's what I'm looking forward to and, God willing, I'll get a lot more opportunities like this."
Justice, a second-round draft pick in 2006, started throughout the preseason with Shawn Andrews out. Justice said it "played a big part in his confidence" and that experience, along with his closer relationship to God, has Justice feeling like he is ready to blossom as an offensive linemen in the NFL.
Of course, the Panthers have one of the game's best fronts, led by Pro Bowl standout Julius Peppers. Peppers moved from one side to the other and all around the offensive line, and Justice is aware of how difficult Peppers is to contain. But the Panthers have more than just Peppers. They will rotate in Tyler Brayton and rookie Everette Brown looking to pressure the football.
"I've taken a lot of reps and I've worked hard and I'm ready for this opportunity," said Justice. "I have to play well and follow my technique and work hard on every play. They aren't just about Peppers. They have other players. Everybody in the NFL is a great player and you have to be ready to have your 'A' game on every play."
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 1:36 p.m., September 11