Only one starting position on the Eagles' offensive line isn't settled. Head coach Chip Kelly confirmed as much recently when he referred to "the starting four" players Philadelphia has up front. It's clear that Jason Peters will start at left tackle, Allen Barbre at left guard, Jason Kelce at center, and Lane Johnson at right tackle. But who will start at right guard?
At this point, it's anyone guess. After eight days of Eagles training camp practice, the team has rotated four different players in at right guard with the first team unit. Each player has had a total of two days as the starter. Let's take a closer look at the candidates.
• Matt Tobin - The 25-year-old Tobin got the first crack with the first team. He also was the leading candidate there during the team's spring practices. Tobin has showed promise in the preseason in past years but he struggled during seven starts for the Eagles in 2014. He was ultimately benched for Andrew Gardner.
• Andrew Gardner - Gardner was up next at right guard after Tobin got the first two days of practice. For what it's worth, the 29-year-old Gardner finished with an overall positive PFF grade last season for his games played at guard. He didn't stand out as a good player or anything but he was arguably serviceable.
• John Moffitt - Moffitt is the interesting name to watch here after being retired for two years. The 28-year-old is looking to revive his career now that he's put his demons behind him. Moffitt spent the offseason training hard with Jay Glazer at his MMA gym. Among these players in the guard competition, Moffitt has the most starting experience in the NFL.
• Julian Vandervelde - Batmandervelde is the surprise name in this contest. The 27-year-old spent the 2013 season with the team as the primary backup center but he's always been more of a natural guard. While his versatility is a bonus, Vandervelde has never started a game in his career. He has little playing experience.
There is no clear frontrunner in the competition right now. If I had to pick a player, however, it would be Tobin. The team has been high on him in the past and he's the youngest of the bunch. With that said, Gardner is right there in the mix. Moffitt is an interesting dark horse candidate to watch. Vandervelde winning the job isn't likely and would be a big upset no one saw coming.
The Eagles would like to see one of these candidates emerge sooner rather than later. Having a right guard build chemistry with Kelce and Johnson next to him would be ideal. But more important than rushing into the decision is finding the right guy for right guard. Last week, Chip Kelly said the Eagles likely won't make a decision on the position until the team has had a chance to watch the players compete in preseason games. Only so much can be gleaned from practice.
Before one starts to worry about how the Eagles don't have a defined starter yet, consider that the reigning NFC champions have a similar issue at left guard. The Seattle Seahawks have done exactly what the Eagles have done by giving four different players two days each with the first team unit in practice. Just some perspective to keep in mind.