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Reid: Not worried about Andrews

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- It's good to know Andy Reid isn't worried about Stacy Andrews.

Reid: Not worried about Andrews

Coach Andy Reid said that he is not worried about offensive lineman Stacy Andrews, shown here working with Juan Castillo. (Yong Kim / Staff File Photo)
Coach Andy Reid said that he is not worried about offensive lineman Stacy Andrews, shown here working with Juan Castillo. (Yong Kim / Staff File Photo)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- It's good to know Andy Reid isn't worried about Stacy Andrews.

Because everyone else seems to be anxious about the Eagles right guard.

"I'm very comfortable with Stacy right now," Reid said Wednesday after morning practice at training camp. "I think he'll be fine. I think he's healthy and strong and understands what we're asking. I'm not too worried about Stacy."

The Eagles acquired Andrews last off-season as a free agent, but he was coming off an ACL injury and never seemed to gain his footing on the offensive line. He began the season as the starter, but ended up not playing in the final eight games.

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"I think it was really just a matter of getting confidence in his leg and getting his strength back," Reid said. "He's a big guy. The big guys -- especially at the guard spot -- have to make sure they can get themselves bent down there low. You're talking about a guy that's 6-foot-7. ... I think he's back to that position where he'll be very successful."

Andrews reports to camp Thursday with the rest of the veterans. Last year, he spent most of camp working out with the training staff as he recovered from knee surgery. He also had his brother, Shawn, with him a year ago. But Shawn was released in March and now the Eagles are down to just one Andrews.

Stacy Andrews isn't the Eagles' only concern at their interior line. Left guard Todd Herremans is on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a sore left foot and center Jamaal Jackson isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season after he tore his ACL last December.

Reid clarified Herreman's injury somewhat Wednesday. He said it's located near the same spot where Herremans had a stress fracture last August. That injury required surgery and forced Herremans to miss the first five games of the season.

"He had the soreness in there," Reid said. "I think we'll just gradually feed him back in there and see how he does."

Reid said that Jackson was a "little ahead of schedule."

Here's the rest of what Reid had to say following morning practuce:

-- After no-contact minicamps, the Eagles have been able to add in defensive and offensive line one-on-ones. Reid was asked which of the younger players stood out on each side of the ball. He singled out end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim on the defensive line, and tackle Austin Howard, guard/center Dallas Reynolds and tackle/guard Fenuki Tupou.

-- Reid, obviously, was happy to get rookie safety Nate Allen into camp. No. 1 pick Brandon Graham remains unsigned. Reid that the Eagles president Joe Banner and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman (from here on out referred to as, "Jowie Banseman") are working on getting a deal done.

-- Reid said that the release of Alex Hall, predicated by the Allen signing, was a matter of the linebacker simply not fitting into the Eagles' 4-3 defensive scheme. "We just felt like his best thing would be as an outside linebacker in a 3-4," Reid said.

-- The coach likes what he's seen out of quarterback Kevin Kolb thus far. "You want to it see it with the rush and see it with the first group," Reid said. "I'm expecting he'll do fine."

-- Michael Vick has been practicing primarily at quarterback. There haven't been any "Wildcat" plays thus far at camp for the backup. "We'll get him in the mix here," Reid said with a grin. "We'll do a couple of things with him." Vick has been spotty thus far. "Michael will be fine," Reid said. "He's been doing this for a couple of years. He'll be alright."

-- Former Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson died a year ago this day after a battle with cancer. "I think we all miss him," Reid said.

-- Reid said that wide receiver Kevin Jurovich, who missed the morning practice, had a quadriceps contusion.

 

Jeff McLane Inquirer Staff Writer
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