Eagles Make Change at LG with Warmack
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — A day after getting a vote of confidence someone may have stolen the election from Isaac Seumalo.
The Eagles' struggling left guard was watching during individual drills at practice on Wednesday as Chance Warmack got the first-team reps with both Jason Kelce and Jason Peters.
Seumalo is coming off a disastrous performance in Kansas City, one in which prized quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked on six different occasions. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Seumalo, a first-year starter, was responsible for four of those takedowns and five pressures overall.
Chiefs’ defensive lineman Chris Jones had a career day against Seumalo and even edge rusher Dee Ford moved inside and had his way with the struggling starter on one occasion.
Despite that Doug Pederson gave the embattled Seumalo a vote of confidence on Monday.
“Experienced backups are great to have,” Pederson admitted, “but at the same time, I don’t want to push any panic buttons at this time.”
The coach also gave himself an escape hatch, however,
“We’ll evaluate the whole thing," Pederson said. "It’s not just one guy. If you’re going to point the finger too, you can point it at me; I’m part of the pie, too. We’ll evaluate it and we’ll keep evaluating it.”
That "evaluation" could be the impetus for change as Pederson and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland are at least weighing the idea of moving toward Warmack, a former top-10 pick with the Tennessee Titans who starred under Stoutland at the University of Alabama.
Warmack did not dress the first two weeks an indication that if he is the LG1 on Sunday against the Giants, Stefen Wisniewski would remain the interior backup and Seumalo would not dress unless the Eagles feel he might be a better swing tackle option than Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
Seumalo, however, was still working at LG in individual drills.
Carson Wentz and Warmack himself wouldn't confirm the obvious but others did, including right guard Brandon Brooks and right tackle Lane Johnson.
"I don't know exactly what's going on with all that," Wentz said, "that's obviously Coach's decision, but I've said this from Day 1: I've always felt extremely confident with the depth that we've had all throughout camp. Whatever five guys are out there, I'm more than confident they're going to do a good job."
Brooks, however, skipped the nuance.
"The change is quick and sudden," Brooks said after practice. "That's how the league is. Isaac will get through it. We're here to support him while also supporting Chance now that he's in there."
In injury news, safety Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins were both out as expected while nursing hamstring injuries. In concerning news, however, McLeod's presumptive replacement on Sunday, Corey Graham, was also on the sideline with a hamstring injury.
Without McLeod and Graham, the Eagles were down to two healthy safeties -- Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos -- although linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill played the position in college at Eastern Illinois.
Philadelphia tried to sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off Chicago's practice squad but the Bears responded by elevating him to their own 53-man roster.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen