Chance Warmack has been a starter in every single game he played for the Tennessee Titans in his four-year NFL career, but a starting role is far from guaranteed with his new team in Philadelphia.
In Warmack, the Eagles are getting an offensive guard who had a solid beginning to his professional career. As the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft, and just one of two guards drafted in the top 10 in the past 20 draft classes, however, the former Alabama All-American was expected to be more than solid.
Warmack signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia, which would indicate he’s betting on himself. He will be reunited with a familiar face, as the Eagles’ offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland, was Warmack’s position coach at Alabama during his final two seasons.
“He was extremely physical at Alabama. He played left guard for us and was really a dominating force at the college level, in the SEC. That’s the reason he was drafted 10th overall, because he dominated the people he played against,” Stoutland told Eagles Insider Dave Sparado earlier this spring. “He was eager, wants to learn, wants to be coached hard, which I did and he responded. I’m going to coach him the same way here. I know how he ticks. I know how he thinks and he knows how I think. We’re on the same page. For him, it’s going to be a real easy transition into our system and I’m excited.
“When I found out we got him, I was very excited. I know what kind of player he was in college and I know what kind of player he can be at the NFL level.”
Although there is a level of familiarity between Warmack and his new coach, he will have to earn his shot. Longtime veteran Allen Barbre is the team’s incumbent starter at left guard. A leg injury cost Barbre to miss some time last season, which gave Stefen Wisniewski and rookie Isaac Seumalo plenty of live reps.
If Warmack can reach his potential, the Eagles will have found a difference-maker at the position. At a crowded position, though, the former Alabama star will have his work cut out for him.