Jason Peters Coming Back to the Eagles?
Jason Peters seems to be heading back to the Eagles. The news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Per NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn on Quick Slants, the sides seem to have a mutual agreement on a return for the Future Hall of Famer’s 12th season with the organization.
“Now, the plan was for last year’s first-round pick, Andre Dillard, to take over at left tackle but maybe they’re re-thinking that now. So, could the Birds be bringing back Peters in a backup role?
Well, first of all, if Jason Peters comes back here, he’s not coming back here as a backup. I do know for a fact that Jason Peters wants to be back in Philadelphia, the Eagles want Jason Peters here. It’s only a matter of time before they get something done.
Now, the plan was for Dillard to hopefully be their starting left tackle but he did not progress as quickly as the Eagles had hoped he would. So, you get Peters back here for at least one more year, Dillard is his understudy for one more year, learning under a future Hall of Famer, but by 2021 Andre Dillard had better be ready to protect Carson Wentz’s blindside.”
At 38 years old, the left tackle seems to want to play another year in the NFL. With the departure of Malcolm Jenkins, Peters would bring back veteran leadership to the Eagles now younger locker room. Eagles first-round pick from 2019, Andre Dillard might have to be an understudy of Jason Peters for one more year. Important to note that the Eagles don’t believe Dillard has progressed as hoped and Jason Peters won’t be coming back as a backup. My dream scenario would’ve been to bring back Peters as a backup, that way he can stay healthy when needed while continuing to mentor Andre Dillard. When Dillard had to come in last year due to Jason Peters going down, he held his own. The Eagles then decided to move him to an unfamiliar position, right tackle, When Lane Johnson went down with a concussion. The week leading up to Dillard’s start at RT, he told the media how difficult the switch is since he’s played LT for the past 10 years.
“Think about it like this: you probably write with your right hand, right? Say, all of sudden, you had to write a big essay with your left hand right now,” Dillard said Friday in the Eagles’ locker room. “You think about how that would feel. It’s kind of like that.”
“Your brain kind of acts as a muscle in this case,” Dillard said. “If you do one thing one way for 10 years like I have, then everything about you is geared toward that. If you flip it, your brain is sort of like ‘whoa’ but this week has been a good week of preparation.”
I would be fine with the Eagles resigning Jason Peters if they really don’t feel comfortable just yet with Andre Dillard. Depth at offensive line is something the Eagles really value, drafting two this past weekend. Jason Peters has been well respected by Eagles Owner Jeffery Lurie, and the rest of the organization, so it should be no surprise if he comes back for another season in Philadelphia. It would give Dillard one more year to learn behind one of the best left tackles of all time and their great offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. I don’t believe that Andre Dillard will have to wait for another season to prove his worth, as Jason Peters struggles to be on the field for every snap. This whole Dillard situation is very confusing and concerning. It will be interesting to see how his future pans out with the Eagles. Dillard has shown promise against some of the best pass rushers in the NFL, so I wouldn’t count him out just yet.
I could watch Andre Dillard tossing Khalil Mack into a CARSON WENTZ stonewall on repeat forever pic.twitter.com/FV0PDM1WQx
— Liam Jenkins (@LiamJenkinsPSN) March 12, 2020