By Jack Ryan
To the consternation of many in the local lame-ass media, Eagles coach Chip Kelly has not declared that Andrew Gardner has won the job as Eagles right guard, replacing the long gone Todd Herremans.
Hell, he won’t ever declare that Sam Bradford will play QB Saturday night in Green Bay!
But it is obvious to any and all who are paying attention that Gardner, the five-year veteran with stops in Miami and Houston before signing with the Eagles in 2014, seems to be the guy. He’s started both preseason games thus far and is expected to start Saturday night in Green Bay.
Except the coaches won’t say that’s the case.
Asked earlier this week about the right guard situation, Kelly left it wide open.
“I thought Andrew played another good game,” Kelly said of his efforts against the Ravens. “We’re really pleased with how he’s playing right now. He played well.”
So it’s his job?
“No, we’ve got time,” Kelly said. “We’ve still got the Packers game and the game before we have to do anything, so there is no reason to rush to anything. But he’s doing a really good job.”
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur echoed his boss’ sentiments, Wednesday when he met with the media.
“Gardner has done a good job,” Shurmur said. “I think it’s too early to tell who that guy’s going to be, but we feel good about his progress.
“We’ve still got a couple games. We get a lot of reps out here and the guys that are potentially going to play in that spot get a chance to practice a great deal. We’ve got a good little rotation there. We’ve got a few guys there that could potentially play there.”
John Moffitt has played with the second unit in the games, but the rust of missing the past two years has shown and the former Seahawks draft pick doesn’t look ready to start the season.
Matt Tobin, the leader in the spring, has been getting more work at tackle than at guard in the games. But a defensive player hinted to NJ.comthat the third-year man from Iowa wasn’t out of the mix.
So the final battle for a starting spot continues.
“Andrew’s played great, especially in the games,” Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce said. “Andrew, Matt they’ve both been here a long time. Both and Lane (Johnson, the right tackle) and I have played next to both of them. We’ve played multiple games with them. Whoever is out there we’ll be fine.”