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Jackson, Hanson Wait and Wonder

The move of Todd Herremans to right tackle today might not have been as big a surprise as a move that wasn't made. Jason Kelce remained the Eagles' starting center.

Jackson, Hanson Wait and Wonder

Jamaal Jackson has seen Jason Kelce move ahead of him on the depth chart at center. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Jamaal Jackson has seen Jason Kelce move ahead of him on the depth chart at center. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The move of Todd Herremans to right tackle today might not have been as big a surprise as a move that wasn't made. Jason Kelce remained the Eagles' starting center.

The sixth-round rookie seemed dazed and confused early in Thursday's preseason victory over the Browns, but that was not enough to dissuade offensive line coach Howard Mudd of Kelce's ability to start over bigger, slower veteran Jamaal Jackson.

"I just come to work every day, try to make my strengths stronger and work on my weaknesses," said Jackson, who seems extremely disappointed, after working back from the triceps tear that sidelined him for the 2010 season, an injury suffered in the opener.

Jackson said he has not talked to Mudd or head coach Andy Reid about what the team plans. He said he doesn't feel he is in a competition with Kelce.

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"You can call it a competiton if you want. Competition? There is no competition. Whoever's in there, they're the starter, point blank. Whoever the coaches feel can get the job done, they'll put that person in there, and right now, that's not me."

Jackson seemed to be saying you can't compete for a job that has been handed to someone else, regardless of how they struggle. He added that he is willing to help Kelce when asked.

"You know, I thought he did a good job," Eagles coach Andy Reid said of Kelce's performance against the Browns, during Reid's Saturday news conference. "We all have stuff that we have to work on, but he did a nice job, considering that he's a young guy. He's one of the guys we're talking about that got a little better than he was (the previous game) in Pittsburgh, and can continue to build on what he had learned there with the extended reps, so I was fairly pleased with him."

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Corner Joselio Hanson barely played against the Browns as the Eagles apparently try to get something for him in a trade, with the team pretty much committed to keeping Asante Samuel.

Hanson reiterated today that his first choice is to remain with the team he has played for since 2006.

"I'm just takin' it in stride," Hanson, 30, said. "It's part of the business. I'm aware of everything that's going on. I love it here, but sometimes, certain things don't work out."

Hanson said he isn't worried that there won't be playing time for him here, in a very crowded defensive backfield, if he somehow stays.

"I'll get on the field somehow," he said. "I would love to stay here ... Sometimes you can't keep everybody, in certain situations."

There are former Eagles coaches sprinkled around the league who know Hanson's work. He has been a solid nickel corner and a special teams stalwart. John Harbaugh is in Baltimore, Sean McDermott is in Carolina, Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis, Pat Shurmur (and ex-Eagles GM Tom Heckert) in Cleveland.

"I think I have a good reputation with all my ex-coaches," Hanson said. "But staying here would be great ... (leaving) would be tough.'

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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