It doesn’t happen very often a rookie offensive lineman who goes undrafted but impresses the Eagles at their training camp enough to make the team.

Austin Howard did in 2010. Nick Cole did in 2006. Looks like Matt Tobin could very easily follow in those footsteps.

Tobin a rookie free agent from Iowa who mainly played guard in college moved to tackle after the Eagles signed him and gradually worked his way up the depth chart to the second team. He started at left tackle Thursday night against the Jets while starters rested.

A rookie free agent manning the most important position on the second-team offensive line is indicative of the progress he’s made throughout camp and increased the odds of him being on the 53-man roster after Saturday’s 6 p.m. cutdown deadline.

“You’re looking for versatility” head coach Chip Kelly said after the preseason finale against the Jets. “We know he can play guard. With that position especially when you’re talking backup linemen you’ve got to be able to play a couple of spots and we felt like he could come in and compete. I thought he’s a kid that’s had a really good camp and done a really good job.”

Tobin started his last 22 games at Iowa finishing his last four games at left tackle after an injury to the starter moved him over from left guard. Iowa has a reputation for churning out NFL-ready offensive linemen who can play multiple positions so the request from offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland to move outside didn’t faze Tobin.