A year ago at this time, Winston Justice was not expected to be the full-time starter at right tackle. However, Justice got the opportunity and parlayed it into a long-term contract extension by the end of the season.
Now, McGlynn is trying to make the most of his opportunity at center. On Friday night against Cincinnati, McGlynn will handle the first-team duties for the second straight preseason game with injuries to Jamaal Jackson and Nick Cole.
"It's always nice to go back to Ohio and play in my home state," said McGlynn, a native of Austintown, Ohio. "It's just another game. It's exciting to be out there and be able to compete again."
Even if he continues to impress, the Eagles are optimistic that Jackson, recovering from a knee injury, could be ready for the season opener. Head coach Andy Reid has also stated that Cole, also sidelined with a knee injury, is the first in line should Jackson not be ready.
Still, the Eagles have a chance to see what the 6-4, 315-pound fourth-round pick from 2008 can do.
"My goal was to get better every day, compete for a starting job and I think this training camp was pretty successful for me," McGlynn said. "I think this training camp I got that opportunity and made the most of it and did some really good things. I'm excited to see over the next couple of weeks to see what goes down and what happens. This season should be a good one."
Reid praised McGlynn for his performance in the preseason opener against Jacksonville. Friday night should present a tougher test. The Bengals had the league's fourth-best defense in terms of yardage in 2009 and have a formidable front seven. It's a challenge that McGlynn is embracing as he wants to earn the coaches' trust.
"There are only a select number of guys who get to be a starter in the NFL. This is an exciting time for me," McGlynn said. "We've had a lot of really, really good offensive linemen. It's just waiting and biding your time and when the opportunity comes you have to make the most of it."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 10:45 a.m., August 19