October 4, 2012 |
Demetress Bell said that he took most of the first-team snaps during Eagles practice Wednesday, an indication that he will start at left tackle Sunday against Pittsburgh even though King Dunlap returned. "We'll have to see what tomorrow is," Bell said. Earlier, Andy Reid did not name Dunlap as his starter even though two weeks ago when the tackle was first injured, the Eagles coach said the job was still Dunlap's. "I'll cross that bridge when we get there," Reid said before practice.
April 4, 2013 |
TWO YEARS AGO, before he ruptured his right Achilles' tendon twice in a 7-week period, Jason Peters was the best left tackle in the NFL. You can debate who might've been the best quarterback or the best running back or best wide receiver or the best pass-rusher in the league in 2011. But there's no debate about who was the best left tackle. There was Peters and then there was everybody else. He was that good. An athletic freak with running-back feet inside a massive 6-4, 340-pound body.
April 3, 2013 |
Despite rupturing his right Achilles tendon twice within a month last spring, Jason Peters said on Tuesday that he could have played late last season and that he anticipated playing near his all-pro form from 2011 for the Eagles this coming season. The left tackle met with reporters not long after he went through new Eagles coach Chip Kelly's first workout of the offseason. It was the first time Peters formally spoke with the media since his injury last March. He said that he knew Dec. 1, shortly after the Eagles shut him down for the season, that he was healthy enough to play.
September 6, 2009 |
The line could come back to haunt a head coach - or make him look like a genius. The Eagles had just acquired Jason Peters in a trade with the Buffalo Bills for three draft picks, including a 2009 first-rounder, and given the two-time Pro Bowl left tackle a six-year contract worth more than $60 million. Those two actions alone provided a good idea as to what Andy Reid thought about Peters, but the Eagles' coach also put his feelings into words. Reid said that after studying tape of Peters he "came out feeling that he was the best left tackle in football.
October 26, 2012 |
The increasing number of questions about Jason Peters' return is all one needs to know about the state of the Eagles' left tackle situation and the offensive line in general. On the day he officially announced King Dunlap's return to the starting lineup, Eagles coach Andy Reid fielded as many questions about Peters as he did his current left tackle. "There's a chance," Reid said of the injured Peters' playing this season. The fact is that Reid won't have to worry about a Peters return if Dunlap or the rest of the offensive line can't improve enough for the Eagles to have a realistic shot at the playoffs by the time Peters is eligible to play.
April 1, 2012
Suddenly, the Eagles have a fire burning on their front lawn. It had been a smooth and serene offseason for the team, the to-do list meticulously crossed off one by one until all that seemed left to do was kick back, watch some game film, and try to bolster a solid roster in the draft. Then came Friday's news that Jason Peters, their Pro Bowl left tackle, one of the Eagles' two best players in 2011 along with LeSean McCoy, had ruptured his Achilles tendon, probably ending his season.
March 31, 2012 |
So much for offensive line continuity. A little more than two weeks after the Eagles finished locking up their starting offensive line, at least through the next three seasons, the strongest link in the group, Jason Peters, ruptured his Achilles tendon. The Pro Bowl left tackle injured his right tendon Tuesday in a football drill. But the Eagles didn't announce Peters' injury until Friday. He will undergo surgery next Tuesday at the Rothman Institute. "We don't know when he will return to the field and we will not speculate on a timeline," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement.
December 18, 2011 |
Howard Mudd has been coaching NFL offensive linemen for 36 years. He has tutored a lot of good ones, but before Andy Reid coaxed him out of retirement last January, he never had to give much thought when somebody asked him to name the best player he ever coached. Walter Jones. Jones was the Seattle Seahawks' left tackle for a dozen dominating years before retiring after the '08 season. Went to nine Pro Bowls. Almost certainly will get voted into Canton in his first year of eligibility.
June 6, 2012 |
IF THE EAGLES lost Michael Vick to injury in the offseason, the alarm would be deafening. The fringy residents of Eagle Nation would hyperventilate if LeSean McCoy tore a chest muscle lifting weights. If DeSean Jackson's right knee buckled at the beach, or if Trent Cole dislocated his shoulder falling out of a tree stand, or if those Pamplonan bulls outrun Jason Babin, the Bleeding Green might slit their wrists. There should be at least as much anxiety surrounding the absence of Jason Peters.
July 30, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Demetress Bell doesn't have to go far to find out what it's like to play left tackle for the Eagles, with Howard Mudd as his offensive line coach. Bell, 28, is sharing a dormitory room at training camp with the man he is replacing and whose very large cleats he must step into. "I've got Jason Peters in my dorm room and Howard Mudd in the classroom," Bell said. "What else could you want?" Peters, whose ruptured Achilles tendon led to the Eagles' acquiring Bell in early April, reported to Lehigh University just like the rest of his teammates, even though he is likely out for the season.