March 10, 2016 |
THE MORE you listen to the Eagles talk, the more it seems as if Jason Peters might be the most important player on the team. At the very least, he's the most important player who wears normal-sized sleeves. That could change in a hurry, of course, because that's how it goes during the maddest month of the NFL schedule. We began the week wondering whether the $18 million in salary-cap space that we thought the Eagles had would be enough to address cornerback, safety, and the offensive line.
January 30, 2016 |
A lot of players who do not really belong there are going to participate in the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. Jason Peters will not be one of them. He was selected to play in his eighth Pro Bowl, but the assortment of injuries that dogged the 6-foot-4, 328-pound left tackle throughout the 2015 season prompted him to stay away from a ridiculous game that he has played in many times before. It was a wise and no doubt easy decision by one of the greatest Eagles of all-time.
October 8, 2015 |
The Eagles missed three of their five starting offensive linemen during practice on Tuesday. Left tackle Jason Peters, right tackle Lane Johnson, and left guard Allen Barbre were absent. Johnson has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee and a sprained ankle, but he said he would play on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Peters aggravated a quadriceps injury. He said Sunday that it is not a long-term injury, but was not available for comment on Tuesday. Neither was Barbre, whose injury has not been disclosed.
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.
May 30, 2013 |
YOU KNOW what would be cool? If a coach started a news conference by listing injuries, before reporters even asked about them. Yup, that'd really be something. There must be coaches out there who do that, right? Though no one comes immediately to mind. Chip Kelly is not such a coach. Asked yesterday about the absences of All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters and recent safety acquisition Kenny Phillips from his practice session, Kelly was not in a mood to provide details. Peters just isn't around, and wasn't around last week, either, it turns out. Initially the Eagles said Peters was among a group of players who missed the May 20 workout - which reporters were allowed to watch - but the team said everyone in that group practiced the next day, when reporters were not present.
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.
January 5, 2016 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Peters doesn't know who his new head coach will be, doesn't know who will be coaching the offensive line. But if those guys have any sense, Peters will be back for an eighth season as the Eagles' left tackle at age 34, Peters said. "I want to be here. I still got gas in the tank," said Peters, who made his eighth career Pro Bowl and his sixth as an Eagle, despite being in and out of games with injuries all season. Would Peters consider moving inside to guard, where he'd have more help and spend less time trying to pass block in space against players 10 years younger?
December 29, 2015 |
I DON'T THINK any reporters who cover the Eagles know Jason Peters well. It's kind of odd, given that Peters has made the Pro Bowl as an Eagle six times, as much as Donovan McNabb did, but the best left tackle in franchise history makes himself available in the locker room sporadically, and he doesn't make small talk. Over the years, Peters has been revered as an Eagles cornerstone, first for Andy Reid, then for Chip Kelly. His judgments, when offered, have been taken as gospel. Peters isn't one to try to drown the truth in a torrent of rationalizations or excuses.
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.