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Versatile Cole On Staying Ready

Perhaps the most versatile Eagle so far this training camp has been Nick Cole, the fourth-year interior lineman who joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent from New Mexico State in 2006. After starting the final eight games of the 2008 season - he replaced an injured Max Jean-Gilles against Arizona in November - Cole has spent training camp working with the first team offense at left guard and right guard. He also remains a backup option to Jamaal Jackson at center.

With injuries to projected starters Jason Peters - now returned - and Shawn Andrews to open camp, and Stacy Andrews recovering from a knee injury, Cole figures to be a very important sixth lineman able to fill in at several positions in a pinch.

"I get enough work to stay comfortable at all of them," Cole said. "You never know what could happen; you could be left, right, or middle."

And so Cole continues to get his work in at several positions to prepare for the regular season, and to get used to working with different players on either side of him.

"I get enough work with all of them," he said. "We all pretty much know what we're doing, pretty much all on the same page. We know what we're doing without saying anything to each other."

--* Posted by Bo Wulf, 6:37 p.m., August 3*

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