According to Philly.com, Eagles right guard Stacy Andrews is perplexed about the talk that the recently acquired former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Reggie Wells is being brought here to take his job. There have also been reports that he’s being shopped around the league.
“I felt like I was pretty solid in there [against Kansas City, his last preseason action], but I guess they felt otherwise,” Andrews said. The veteran guard thought everything was fine and that he was doing a good job of getting acclimated at the guard position.
The former Cincinnati Bengal is quick let people know that he signed here to play tackle and was moved to guard. Had he known that the Eagles were going to have him play guard he would not have put his signature on the contract. The older brother of former Eagles guard Shawn Andrews, Stacy makes it clear that he never wanted to play the guard position.
He makes a very good point about something that the Eagles didn’t pay any attention to. At 6′ 7″, Andrews has the build of a tackle. He played his best football as a pro while playing tackle. I can understand that it’s not easy to get underneath people to drive them off the line while being so tall.
Height is an advantage when you’re playing on the corner at tackle, but it’s somewhat of a disadvantage when you’re playing the guard position.
That’s why I think Andrews is going to be traded elsewhere to a team that believes he can answer their problems at the offensive tackle position.
The Eagles are trying to patch up a mistake. They either should have never signed Andrews in the first place or should have never moved him to guard. He’s not playing well and obviously not happy playing the position. Something had to be done and it had to be done quickly.
You can see the writing on the wall. I believe Wells will eventually find his way on the field at the right guard position for the Birds.
“We’re adding a player that has started several seasons in the National Football League and has played at a very high level during the course of his career,” head coach Andy Reid said. “He has experience at several different positions along the offensive line, and he will be a welcome addition to that group. You can never have enough depth at that position as you go through an NFL season.”
This is rather late to be putting together the offensive line, but they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. Maybe Wells can talk left tackle Jason Peters into playing with more of a sense of urgency.