It's full speed ahead for Eagles' Peters

ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jason Peters (left) battles Ed Wang during a drill yesterday afternoon.
ED HILLE / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jason Peters (left) battles Ed Wang during a drill yesterday afternoon.
Posted: July 28, 2013

JASON PETERS put in a call to Eagles coach Chip Kelly, after Peters was arrested for drag racing and resisting by flight in Louisiana on June 11.

"I'm pretty sure y'all told him," Peters said yesterday. "But I called him. It wasn't nothing major. They threw it out. Now it's time to play ball."

Peters got the charges reduced to driving with improper equipment and paid a $656.50 fine. This came to light earlier in the month, on the same day it was announced that Peters had settled his suit against the company that made the Roll-A-Bout scooter that Peters said collapsed under his weight in the spring of 2012. Peters got nearly $2 million, after re-tearing his repaired Achilles'. He ended up missing the 2012 season. (An Eagles fan might ponder whether, given how the 2012 season went, Peters maybe should have paid Roll-A-Bout $2 million for saving him a lot of bother.)

With those legal issues sorted out, Peters anchored the left side of the first-team offensive-line yesterday, as the full Eagles squad worked out for the first time in Kelly's first training camp, on a sunny afternoon in South Philly. The only blemish on the day was a left-knee injury suffered by wide receiver Arrelious Benn, who was being evaluated last night. Benn, 24, Tampa's second-round pick in 2010, came to the Eagles in a March trade, the Birds sending a sixth-round pick to Tampa for a seventh-rounder and Benn. The Bucs will get an another (undisclosed) pick if Benn makes the Eagles. Benn has an extensive injury history, including a torn ACL.

Peters' return yesterday was a much happier injury story.

"I felt good today. A little rusty . . . it's my footwork. You might not see it, but when I watch film, I critique myself hard. I'm a little rusty," said Peters, whose string of five successive Pro Bowls ended with last year's surgeries.

Peters was asked if he can again be the dominant left tackle he was before the Achilles' trouble. In a study of 18 NBA players with Achilles' tears, 11 never played again.

"I am that [Pro Bowl] player," Peters said. "I'm going to go out there and give it 100 percent, and let the fans and the coaches vote. [But] my goal is to get a division championship, get to the playoffs, and go deep."

Peters said he doesn't have to take any extra precautions.

"I'm full tilt," he said. "Ain't no 'monitoring' it. I'm out there, I'm going. The doctor said there are no limits. It doesn't even get sore. I'm gonna just go, and play it out."

Kelly was asked about the outlook for a player like Peters coming back from such an injury.

"I don't think there is a player like him in the world, to be honest with you, someone that big, that fast, that athletic," Kelly said. "I catch myself in practice just going 'Wow.' He's 350 pounds and he runs like he's a tight end.

"I think he's an exception to every rule. I don't think studying guys that have had Achilles' injuries and saying, 'Hey, that guy would be like Jason' [is helpful]."

He's hardly ensconced

Cary Williams, the free-agent corner from the Ravens who skipped a lot of the voluntary spring work after signing a 3-year, $17 million contract, began the first full-team practice of camp as a starter opposite Bradley Fletcher. But Williams suffered what he called a right hamstring "tweak" and sat out a good bit of the practice. Curtis Marsh, who got the nod when Williams was missing in the spring, filled in.

Williams was absent from the voluntary work because of some dental work and the details of homebuilding, he said in the spring, such as picking out sconces for the Williams manse in the Nashville area. Williams showed up in plenty of time for training camp - it was reported in some places that he checked in early, but as Chip Kelly pointed out yesterday, that isn't allowed under the CBA. Williams just dropped by NovaCare early to let the coaches know he was in town.

"It's something minor, nothing major you guys need to write about," Williams said when asked about his hamstring. "It's just camp, and I'm going to get over it and I'm going to move forward. A little tweak in the hamstring."

Williams was asked if he thought he might be able to practice today.

"I don't know, it just depends, man, as far as me opening up and things like that," he said. "I'm just hurt, man, I'm not injured."

Williams was asked where he feels he is in terms of understanding the defense.

"I feel pretty good," he said. He added that the tweak "still doesn't take away from my time in the classroom. I'm appreciative of that . . . I plan to be out here within the next 2 days."

"I'm confident in Cary," Kelly said. "He played on a Super Bowl team last year and is a heck of a player in this league."

Kelly noted that yesterday was the first time the Eagles were allowed to play one-on-one press coverage, because of the rules governing spring work.

"Our receivers need to see it as much as our DBs need to do it," Kelly said. "We got some good work in today."


Punter Brad Wing and running back Matthew Tucker, who flunked conditioning tests earlier in the week, studied hard and passed them Thursday, so they came off the nonfootball injury list and practiced yesterday . . . William Powell, the running back the Eagles claimed on waivers from the Cardinals, did not pass his physical and won't be joining the team. So the Eagles have a roster spot open.

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