It looks like adding veteran left tackle Jason Peters late this off-season will work out in a different way than planned. Originally, Peters was brought in to play right guard. That spot was left open when Brandon Brooks-arguably the best in the league at that position-tore his achilles. The open spot at guard is a smaller issue now, because current starting left tackle Andre Dillard has torn his biceps in practice on Thursday.
Dillard was coming into his second year out of the University of Washington. Set to take over the spot that Peters held for so long. Head Coach Doug Pederson had been impressed with his progress. There was no reason to believe that he wouldn’t protect the blindside of quarterback Carson Wentz.
But now that job may belong to the 15-year veteran, Jason Peters, who is one of the best to ever play the game. The Eagles have options to fill the guard spot, Matt Pryor is probably the best choice at this point.
It’s possible that Brooks could return this year, but unlikely. The Eagles run game relies heavily on the guard spot, so this will be something to keep an eye on.
Although Peters has been playing since 2004, he’s still a very capable left tackle.
UPDATE: 8/29 1:25pm–
Peters has reportedly asked for more money to play left tackle. For now, he stays at the guard position while Matt Pryor has been taking reps on the outside.
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