Winston Justice might feel like he is well established as the starting right tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles.
But he’s not putting it on cruise control during the lockout, and that’s a good thing. As Geoff Mosher of the Wilmington News Journal reports, coach Andy Reid said last month that he expects a competition for the job between Justice and backup King Dunlap.
Justice is making his way back from arthroscopic knee surgery. He had a large bone chip removed and is doing work with a strength trainer to ensure he’s in the best position possible when the doors to the Eagles’ NovaCare complex are opened.
“I see it as the same kind of thing, kind of proving yourself," Justice said, per Mosher. “You're only as good as your last game. They don't care about the rest of the season. They just care about the last game.”
Justice, playing on the balky knee, didn’t perform well at the end of the season.
"They knew my knee was hurting and I wasn't full speed," he said. "Hey, he's the coach, and he has to create competition to bring out the best in his players. It's kind of motivation but you're always in competition with somebody," he said. "For him to come out and say that, it was kind of a surprise. He must be reading the newspapers, too, or something. I was surprised he said it, but hey, it's the NFL.
"Is it upsetting? Yeah, it's kind of upsetting. I feel a controlled anger. I kind of want to prove that I can play, when I'm healthy."
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