Philadelphia Eagles’ Chance Warmack ‘prepared for whatever’ situation arises Sunday
Philadelphia Eagles’ Chance Warmack participates in a drill at the NFL football team’s practice facility, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles offensive guard Chance Warmack settled into a clear-cut role during his first four years in the NFL, but season No. 5 has brought a new team and fluctuating responsibility.
Warmack started at right guard for the Titans from 2013 to ’16 and only missed playing time because of injuries during those years. With Philadelphia this season, though, Warmack has at different times been inactive for games, he’s started once, he’s played as part of an established rotation and he stepped in midway through Sunday’s win over the Rams as a backup.
Each week, he’s unsure how much he’ll play. And this one’s no different: Warmack would likely take over at left guard if Stefen Wisniewski — who is listed as questionable with an ankle injury — misses Sunday’s game at the Giants.
“I have no idea” if Wisniewski will play, Warmack said, “but I’m prepared for whatever the situation is going to be. I’ll just give it my best.”
That’s the approach Warmack said he’s taken all season, while facing an uphill climb to regain his status as an NFL starter. After Isaac Seumalo sputtered at left guard early in the season, Warmack got the chance to start in Week 3, but Wisniewski eventually won the job after a couple weeks of a rotation.
When Wisniewski left Sunday’s game over the Rams, Warmack struggled in his absence, leading the team to try Isaac Seumalo at left guard. Neither fared well against Rams all-pro defensive end Aaron Donald.
And that’s caused concern for the fan base, which hopes the Eagles can provide quality protection for backup quarterback Nick Foles, who took the reins of the offense after MVP candidate Carson Wentz tore his ACL Sunday.
Coach Doug Pederson declined to say definitively who would start if Wisniewski sits out Sunday, but Warmack lined up with the first-team offense in the portions of practice open to reporters Thursday. But Pederson insisted either of his reserve options at left guard should turn in better play this week after spending Sunday trying to block Donald, a defensive player of the year candidate.
“These guys are quality, competent backups that we’re going to need going down the stretch,” Pederson said. “This will be a great opportunity again both for Chance, if he gets a chance to play, or Isaac.”
Warmack, the 10th overall pick in 2013 who’s career ascent fizzled over the past couple years, was an all-American at Alabama and immediately found a spot on the Titans’ offensive line when he entered the NFL. Though things are different now, he said his task Sunday is straightforward.
“This is football,” he said. “When you’re name is called, you got to step up.”
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