Tackle Jonathan Scott has been sidelined with a knee injury that, like Armando Allen’s hamstring, set him behind in a position competition with J’Marcus Webb that now may be ending in his favor because of what Webb hasn’t done.
Webb held the No. 1 spot at right tackle through the offseason in a job competition with Scott that never really seemed to be one. When Scott developed soreness in his right knee and began missing practices.
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The trouble for Webb was that he began missing blocks and after the first preseason game in Carolina, he was out of a job, replaced by rookie Jordan Mills.
Mills has secured the spot, leaving Scott and Webb to contend for the No. 3 job along with Eben Britton, who has been cycled in at guard and center.
Webb accepted a pay reduction along with the demotion. Meanwhile, Scott had an arthroscopic procedure done on his knee and is on the mend. When he is fully back, he is a proven swing tackle whereas Webb’s confidence and performance levels have appeared to ebb almost weekly.
Scott and Webb have both worked at right and left tackle in practice and have played both sides.
“It’s not hard,” Scott said. “I played left tackle and right tackle throughout my career, throughout college. I think that’s just one thing the good lord has blessed me with, having the ability to be ambidextrous and be able to play both.
“I think the organization realizes that I have that skill set and I just have to go out there and do it.”