When Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Andrew Gardner practices at right guard for the second consecutive day last week, something no offensive lineman had previously done, many assumed that he was the heavy favorite to be named the starting right guard. According to Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, the process for finding the starter remains ongoing.
As the Eagles get set to enter their second preseason game, there is no clear front-runner for the starting spot. Right guard remains the only position on the offensive line that has yet to have a starter emerge.
"Every single day, we're taking it one day at a time," Stoutland said, per Aaron Mazer of CSN Philly. "Each guy has an opportunity to present to us what they have to offer in terms of technique, effort -- all those things are being evaluated."
It was Gardner who got the work with the Eagles' first-team offense during the preseason opener, after spending the most time with the first team during practice last week, but Stoutland refused the idea that this meant Gardner was a favorite to land the starting spot.
"We look at a different person each day," Stoutland said. "Instead of going from period to period and rotating guys, we kind of put a guy there for the day and soak them. This way you can give each guy a fair shot and I think it's been great."
The Eagles have less than a month to decide on a key component to their 2015 season. With Sam Bradford projected to start at quarterback, interior pass protection is extremely important for the Eagles' chances of keeping Bradford upright and winning football games.
(h/t CSN Philly)