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Are Eagles planning another change at right guard?

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The Eagles have gone from Brandon Brooks to Matt Pryor to Jason Peters to Nate Herbig at right guard in the span of a couple months.

They might not be done making changes.

Doug Pederson said Wednesday morning newly acquired veteran interior lineman Jamon Brown could be ready to play in “a couple days (or) a week.”

What about Herbig, who made his first career start Sunday?

“In Nate’s case, listen, it’s Nate’s job right now and he has to do everything he can to keep that,” Pederson said.

Kind of unusual — maybe unprecedented — to hear Pederson talk that away about a starter. It's not a reach to interpret Pederson's remarks as saying Herbig is on the clock.

Herbig, who had only played three regular-season snaps before Sunday, had an up-and-down day in the Eagles’ 27-17 loss in Washington. Nobody on the o-line played particularly well, although not all eight sacks were the o-line's fault.

The Eagles added two interior offensive linemen to the roster on Tuesday, promoting Sua Opeta from the practice squad and signing Brown, a 27-year-old former Rams 3rd-round draft pick who’s started 47 games in his career. Brown had been on the Bears’ practice squad.

Opeta, who made the team last year as an undrafted rookie, has never played in an NFL game, but Brown is actually now the Eagles’ 2nd-most experienced interior offensive lineman behind Jason Kelce.

“He obviously has got to get in the mix and he’s got to get into the playbook,” Pederson said. “He’s got to pick up terminology and understand that first and then we have to feel comfortable that we could put him in the game.”

 

How long will that take?

“I think that’s a question for him,” Pederson said. “To understand our play book? It wouldn’t be the whole thing but maybe a specific protection, maybe a specific run or two and how well he would grasp that information. I think a couple days, a week, and he’d be OK and at least functional in a game.”

Brown started 30 games for the Rams from 2015 through 2017 before getting released in 2018. He then started eight games for the Giants in 2018 and nine games for the Falcons last year.

Pederson was asked Wednesday if the same o-line would start against Aaron Donald and the Rams that started Sunday, and he only said Jack Driscoll would start again at right tackle if Lane Johnson can't play.

"We've got some time," he said.

Brown has been released by three different teams, tested positive for a banned substance in 2018 and benched by the Falcons last year.

But he may be the Eagles’ best option at right guard moving forward.