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Eagles LG Todd Herremans

August 23 Philadelphia Daily News

“COINCIDENTALLY or not, when the Eagles practiced yesterday for the first time since the first-team offensive line got pushed around Friday night in Cincinnati, Todd Herremans was “full go” at left guard, Andy Reid said, and Jamaal Jackson got at least a handful of snaps in his old spot as the starting center.

Reid said Herremans will play in this Friday’s preseason game at Kansas City, but Jackson will not play. Jackson later said that though he has to see how he progresses from here, and it isn’t really his call, he’d like to get into the preseason finale, Sept. 2 at home against the New York Jets. If that happens, you would have to think Jackson would be on target for the season opener Sept. 12 against the visiting Green Bay Packers.

“We’ll see how it feels tomorrow . . . It felt good getting a couple of snaps out there,” Jackson said, after saying he thought he had taken another step in his recovery from end-of-the-season ACL surgery.

“It was good to see ‘Jack’ out there and it felt good to be back out there with everybody,” said Herremans, who has been brought along slowly in this camp after feeling soreness back in the spring, in his surgically repaired left foot.

Herremans was asked what he thinks he brings to a group that particularly struggled inside Friday; inexperienced center Mike McGlynn seemed to have trouble with the blocking calls. Max Jean-Gilles subbed for Herremans.

“Bringing experience on the field, a little bit of leadership, and just an attitude,” Herremans said.

Herremans said his foot feels good, that he was able to work out unhindered during his time away from full practice. “We weren’t trying to heal anything, we were just trying to make sure it didn’t act up,” he said.

The Eagles’ problems against the Bengals’ tough, physical defense started wth three-and-outs in the first two series.

“I think we have a ways to go,” right tackle Winston Justice said, when asked how ready the Birds were to open the season. “We need to be more consistent. We had a lot of missed assignments.”

Justice was asked if he’d been surprised by the mistakes. “You’re always surprised when you make a mistake; that’s why it’s called a mistake,” he said. Justice said he thought Herremans’ return would “boost morale.”

Right guard Stacy Andrews felt he was able to iron out the things that were problems for him Friday. By the time the season starts, Andrews said, “I’ll be locked and loaded.”

McGlynn alluded to “one or two mental mistakes,” but said: “That stuff’s easy to fix . . . The more we play together, the more in tune we’ll be.”

“They showed us a lot of different fronts,” McGlynn said. “Good team to play in the preseason, because they were the No. [4] defense [in the NFL] last year. They have a pretty good defense scheme. Lotta good things to learn from. Get the small things corrected, hit the ground running [at Kansas City].””

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