How can a player who has started every game that he’s played in the NFL be considered an underachiever?
But as one of the two collegiate guards selected in the top 10 of the past 20 NFL drafts, Warmack wasn’t supposed to be solid; he was supposed to be special.
After earning unanimous All-American recognition as the Crimson Tide’s left guard in 2012, Warmack entered the NFL as the 10th player picked in the 2013 NFL Draft.
His rookie contract ended after the 2016 season, and Warmack signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles after playing in only two games last year because of a hand injury.
Warmack did not choose the path of least resistance to get back on the field. He almost certainly won’t play right guard for Philadelphia, where Brandon Brooks is entrenched. And at left guard, Warmack is one of four players considered as potential starters.
Allen Barbre is the incumbent at left guard. But he missed four games because of a leg injury and had to play some at right tackle last season. That and other injuries in the Philadelphia offensive line allowed Stefan Wisniewski to start six games, pushing his NFL total to 83, and rookie Isaac Seumalo to start four in 2016.
Barbre and Seumalo got the most first-team action at left guard during the Eagles’ minicamp last month before the summer break.
“Right now, I want to get Isaac as much (preparation) as possible to get him ready and get him starter reps,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson…
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