Setting the offensive line

Offensive lineman Winston Justice talks to reporters at Eagles training camp in Lehigh. (Les Bowen/Staff)

The Eagles' most precious commodity is quarterback Michael Vick and figuring out a way to protect him will be the job of new offensive line coach Howard Mudd.

Eagles coach Andy Reid was asked today what the alignment would be for the middle of his offensive line.

He proclaimed Jamaal Jackson the starter at center, rookie Danny Watkins at right guard when ready and Winston Justice at right tackle, pending the status of his knee, although Reid said King Dunlap would compete for the job.

On his way in to camp, Justice said that he doesnt know if he's still the starter. He said his his knee is day-to-day, making it sound like he won't be practicing right away.

Justice had surgery in February to repair a bone chip in his right knee. Reports initially suggested Justice could need microfracture surgery, but that was not the case.

Justice was initially injured against the Texans last December. He missed the next two games, played against Minnesota and then was scratched along with many other starters in the finale against Dallas. He played in the playoff game against Green Bay, but was pulled for Dunlap after committing three penalties.

Jackson is coming off missing virtually the entire season after suffering a torn biceps in the opener. Mike McGlynn played center in his absence.

That was the second major surgery for Jackson, who torn an ACL in the final game of the 2009 season.