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Eagles' concern at center

One of the biggest areas of concern for the Eagles that isn’t getting near enough attention is the center position.

Eagles' concern at center

One of the biggest areas of concern for the Eagles that isn’t getting near enough attention is the center position.

At the league meetings last week, Reid acknowledged that Jamaal Jackson, who tore his ACL in late December, probably won’t be back until the start of the season, if then.

Asked whether the Eagles would miss Jackson if he’s not ready to go, Reid gave an uncharacteristically candid answer. ``It looked that way in the last Dallas game,’’ he said, referring to the poor performance by Jackson’s replacement, Nick Cole, against Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff.

Cole has done a decent job filling in at right guard the last two seasons. But center is another story, particularly considering that the Eagles will play six games next season against 3-4 defenses, four against division opponents.

Right now, their only other in-house options at center are ’08 fourth-round pick Mike McGlynn, who suited up for just one game last season, and former Penn Stater A.Q. Shipley, who was signed as a free agent in February after being cut by the Steelers.

The only two interior linemen in the draft who are considered capable of stepping and starting right away at center are Maurkice Pouncey, of Florida; and Mike Iupati, of Idaho. Both are projected first-rounders.

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Eagles right tackle and part-time Daily News football columnist Winston Justice weighed in on the Donovan McNabb situation during an interview with Sirius NFL Radio, per Ross Tucker.

Justice said he was "shocked that they were talking about trading Donovan. He's a legend." He added, "I think Donovan will do well wherever he plays and Kevin Kolb will step up and play well." 

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