Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jake Scott to start ahead of Danny Watkins

LANDOVER, Md. -- Six days after he signed with the Eagles, Jake Scott will start at right guard ahead of Danny Watkins when the Eagles face the Redskins today.

Jake Scott to start ahead of Danny Watkins

Offensive lineman Jake Scott. (Mark Humphrey/AP file photo)
Offensive lineman Jake Scott. (Mark Humphrey/AP file photo)

LANDOVER, Md. -- Six days after he signed with the Eagles, Jake Scott will start at right guard ahead of Danny Watkins when the Eagles face the Redskins today.

Watkins is active for the first time in four games. He missed the previous three games with an ankle injury, one Andy Reid had called "chronic." It was unclear before kickoff if Watkins wasn't starting because of the injury or because Scott had supplanted him.

Scott has not played all season. The nine-year veteran said that he did not sign with a team because he was picky about where he wanted to play and that he wanted the opportunity to play right away. He apparently will get the chance immediately.

Before his injury, Watkins struggled. Dennis Kelly had his issues filling in for Watkins, as well. Kelly will start at right tackle today and King Dunlap will move to left tackle in place of the benched Demetress Bell.

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The Eagles offensive line has been their Achilles heel all season. Season-ending injuries to Jason Peters, Jason Kelce and Todd Herremans has depleted the unit.

Today's starting line has the additional task of protecting a rookie quarterback making his first NFL start. Nick Foles is starting in place of Michael Vick, who is out with a concussion.

Scott has experience playing in Eagles offensive line coach Howard Mudd's blocking scheme. The two worked together in Indianapolis for four seasons. Scott played his next four seasons with the Titans.

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