With Jamaal Jackson unlikely to be ready to start the season while recovering from the ACL tear he suffered last year in Week 16 against the Broncos, the Center position for the Philadelphia Eagles is up for grabs.
The two most likely candidates for the fill-in job are Nick Cole, the veteran back-up, and little used 2008 4th round pick Mike McGlynn. Also in the mix is former Penn State standout A.Q. Shipley, who like Nick Cole, was undrafted out of school.
Per Clark Judge of cbssports.com, don’t expect Cole to just be handed the job.
Cole flashed talent at times while filling in for the injured Jackson, but he was also inconsistent and sometimes downright poor with both technique and calling signals at the line.
Andy Reid has said that Cole will be the starter if Jackson isn’t ready. He also said Donovan McNabb would be his starting QB in 2010.
Enter Mike McGlynn, a former RT out of Pitt who plays with aggression and solid technique. He just needs to show he can make the adjustment to the Center position and play it effectively to be given a legitimate chance to supplant Cole. McGlynn’s lack of game experience at any position is also a major obstacle.
Ultimately, it’s likely Cole wins the job as starter, but McGlynn’s potential makes the competition a fun one to look forward to watching as Training Camp shines just over the horizon.