Sunday, February 14, 2016

Andrews at RT?

Shawn Andrews apparently will get a chance to see if he can replace Jon Runyan. When his brother Stacy finishes knee injury rehab, he apparently will be the right guard.

Andrews at RT?

Shawn Andrews lined up at right tackle during the Eagles´ first minicamp practice Friday morning. (File photo)
Shawn Andrews lined up at right tackle during the Eagles' first minicamp practice Friday morning. (File photo)

It wasn't a shock to see Shawn Andrews lining up at right tackle Friday for the first morning minicamp practice. Andrews' brother Stacy, the RT the Eagles signed in free agency, is still rehabbing after knee surgery and wasn't expected to be ready quite this soon.

It was a bit of a surprise, though, to hear Andy Reid explain that all that talk about keeping his options open on the o-line wasn't just window-dressing -- that Shawn might very well become the right tackle, and Stacy the right guard, when all is said and done.

"I'm going to give Shawn an opportunity at the right tackle spot," Reid said. "I know Stacy can go inside and compete with Nick (Cole)."

Andrews said he worked a lot in the offseason on setting up as left tackle, which would have been the situation had the Eagles not traded for Jason Peters. "I'll just have to switch my mindset to right tackle," he said. 

Stacy Andrews, who played both guard and tackle for the Bengals, was not available for comment. Since he underwent ACL surgery in January, he might be better suited to playing inside at guard this season. In the past, Stacy has said he hopes to be ready for training camp in July, which would give his brother all spring to audition at tackle.
Shawn Andrews, a standout right tackle at Arkansas, said moving outside will "rejuvenate my career and just my all-around game. I think it's going to be fun out there on the edge."
He missed the final 14 games last season with a back injury.
Meanwhile, former right tackle Jon Runyan, an unrestricted free agent coming off microfracture surgery, still has his locker at NovaCare, still filled with his stuff. The Eagles have not closed the door on Runyan's return, in some capacity.
Reid announced that wideout Kevin Curtis underwent a second surgical procedure on his groin on April 15, a followup from his original surgery. Curtis said he expects to be back on the field in June. Left guard Todd Herremans underwent what Reid called a minor knee cleanout, and did not practice Friday. Ditto reserve guard Max Jean-Gilles, still recovering from ankle surgery.
Dan Klecko (calf) Matt Schobel (hamstring) and Jack Ikegwuonu (hamstring spasm) did not complete the morning session.

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