The Philadelphia Eagles signed veteran offensive guard Jake Scott in an effort to improve the right guard position, which has become the Eagles most unreliable position this season. Scott is a former player of Howard Mudd’s back in 2004-2007 when he played for the Indianapolis Colts. He was a starter under Mudd and also with the Tennessee Titans from 2008-2011.
Scott’s experience under Mudd is the only reason this is a good signing. We have seen how slowly players not named Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce have adjusted to Mudd’s blocking scheme. Scott is still a good player at the age of 31. There are some reports out there that said he would not sign with a team this season for the league minimum. I can’t blame a 31 year old free agent for not signing for less than he is worth to take a beating for four to six months.
Scott will get a chance to earn a starting spot on the first day of practice this week on Wednesday. Ideally, the Eagles would start King Dunlap at left tackle, Evan Mathis at left guard, Dallas Reynolds at center, Scott at right guard and Dennis Kelly at right tackle. On the play where Vick suffered his concussion, Dennis Kelly helped on a double team with Demetress Bell instead of picking up a blitzing linebacker, Ernie Sims. Kelly has been an effective blocker when he picks the right assignment, but has struggled at that as the starting right guard. Right tackle should be simpler to him and his natural position.
Danny Watkins is looking to make his return to the lineup as well and should compete with Scott at the right guard spot this week. Either way you can expect Kelly to move to right tackle and Bell to remain on the bench until another tackle gets hurt.
It’s also worth noting that Jason Peters will not practice this week.