As if the Eagles need more problems on their offensive line, right guard Nick Cole is missing in action at the Friday practice according to Philly.com. Newly acquired guard Reggie Wells is lined up in Cole’s starting right guard spot.
He did practice earlier in the week on Wednesday and Thursday, but couldn’t go today.
Cole had been bothered by knee-swelling and missed most of training camp. He got back into the lineup in the week one battle with Green Bay and also started against the Detroit Lions.
It’s no shock to me that he’s battling an injury because players who miss a lot of time in training camp because of an injury, usually have more injury problems during the season
If Cole were not to be able to play, Wells would probably take his spot, which could mean more pass protection problems for the Birds. Many times offensive linemen don’t get the chance to discuss how they’re going to block a certain defensive front before the play because the defense will move into a certain lineup a split-second before the snap of the ball.
Offensive linemen have to know the guy next to them to the point where they know how he’s going to react. It’s not a stretch to believe that center Mike McGlynn, Wells and right tackle Winston Justice don’t have that level of communication.
This will cause problems if the Jaguars defense times their movement into their blitzes. They could cause the Eagles “O” line to have some mental errors.
McGlynn struggled making the blitz pickup calls last week in much the same way, Cole struggled a year ago in those Dallas Cowboys games.
Michael Vick had better get that Superman costume cleaned before they head to Jacksonville.