So much for competition. Isaac Seumalo is the Eagles' starting left guard, offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Wednesday morning.
Reich nonchalantly named Seumalo the starter for training camp when asked about the competition at the position.
"Isaac's the starter and then it's just competition from there," Reich said. "That's the great thing about training camp, the great thing about this business: it's so stinking competitive. It's what the guys love about it. It's what we love about it. Again, it'll play itself out."
After splitting reps with veteran Allen Barbre during the spring, Seumalo, the second-year lineman, will at the very least enter training camp as the starter at LG between Jason Kelce and Jason Peters.
So why does the coaching staff have confidence in the 23-year-old Seumalo?
"Very smart (player)," Reich said. "Understands what he's being coached. Understands fronts. Understands defensive schemes, what to anticipate. Very athletic, tough-minded player."
Barbre, 33, was the team's starter at left guard last year. In the last two seasons, he has started 28 games for the Eagles. He missed four in 2016.
The Eagles have plenty of depth along their interior offensive line. With Seumalo, Kelce and Brandon Brooks as the starters, they'll have Allen Barbre, Stefen Wisniewski and Chance Warmack coming off the bench.
It seems likely that Seumalo, who was a third-round pick out of Oregon State last year, will eventually move to center for the Eagles. That was his position in college and the Eagles have been working to get him snaps at center since his arrival. But for now, Kelce is the way, so Seumalo will bide his time as the Eagles' starting at left guard.