New Eagle Stefen Wisniewski isn't worried about winning a starting spot on the offensive line in June. It's by September that he hopes to be in his familiar position.
Wieniewski signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Eagles. He has started all 77 games in a five-year NFL career.
A second-round pick of Oakland in 2011, Wisniewski, 27, played his first four seasons with the Raiders and last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I haven't been a backup since I have been in this league, and I don't intend to be one now," Wisniewski said after a workout this week.
Wisniewski played left guard his rookie season with Oakland and was a center the last four years. During recent workouts with the Eagles he spent the majority of his time at center but also took reps at guard.
The Eagles seem set at four of the five offensive line positions with center Jason Kelce, left tackle Jason Peters, right tackle Lane Johnson, and right guard Brandon Brooks, who signed a five-year $40 million contract after playing his first four seasons with the Houston Texans.
So left guard appears to be Wisniewski's best path to the starting lineup. But a few weeks ago, head coach Doug Pederson gave his endorsement to Allen Barbre, who started all 16 games at the position a year ago.
"I like the depth at that position right now," Pederson said about left guard. "But, yeah, Allen Barbre is my guy, and he's our starter."
Wisniewski isn't worried about that. He said that when he signed with the Eagles only one promise was made concerning playing time.
"I wasn't promised anything [about a starting job], but I was promised the opportunity to compete, and that is all I can ask for," Wisniewski said.
In addition to Wisniewski, another candidate for the left guard spot would seem to be Isaac Seumalo, the third-round draft choice from Oregon State.
The reason left guard appears to be for the taking, despite Pederson's comments, is that Barbre, like the rest of the offensive line, struggled last year.
According to Pro Football Focus, Barbre, who will turn 32 on June 22, ranked 52nd among NFL guards. Whether Wisniewski starts or is a reserve, his addition provides much-needed depth.
"This is the most depth we have had since I've been here, and that is a good thing because we dang didn't have it last year," said Johnson, who started 14 games at right tackle and two at left tackle last season.
Johnson said that Wisniewski is a big addition.
"As far as experience and knowledge, he has both of those things, and being on the field he has some power and athleticism," Johnson said. "So we'll see if he starts. But he is a guy we are glad to have."
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Wisniewski is happy to be in Philadelphia. He hails from Pittsburgh and was an all-American at Penn State in 2010. He is the son of Leo Wisniewski, a former Penn State defensive lineman who played for the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts.
"I am sure I'll be meeting a few Penn State fans in the Philly area," he said with a smile.
Wisniewski said a number of factors went into his decision to sign with the Eagles.
"I had a few options," he said. "I felt this was a real good opportunity for me with a great organization."