Does Jason Peters still have a role on the O-Line?
Help is on the way for Philadelphia. Going into their must-win matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles look to be getting back Jalen Reagor, Jason Peters, and possibly Dallas Goedert. For Peters, a lot has changed in the trenches since his injury. Jordan Mailtata filled in and showed that he is their starter going forward. It isn’t expected that the Eagles will go back to Peters at left tackle nor should they even consider it.
While he might not be able to start at tackle, there could be another opportunity in the front five for Peters. Nate Herbig has shown to be very solid so far and capable of being a starter but Matt Pryor has been very up and down this season. Depending on how he looks, Peters could return to start at the position he was brought back for at Right Guard.
Peters has the build of a guard and definitely the IQ. The question is his athleticism. The strength is still there but his agility and ability to get to the second level on blocks are concerning. Add on his laziness he showed through the first few games and it could be troubling.
With it being shown his job isn’t as secure as he left it, maybe that could light a fire under him but it’s unknown until he hits the field. Depending on the Eagles’ health there is a lot of options they can consider with Peters.
The most likely option is Peters replacing Pryor flat out at RG and sliding Herbig back to LG. This could occur if Lane Johnson was still out next week with Pryor sliding out to replace him. Another possibility is if Lane is still injured, Peters or Mailata moves to RT, and the other remains at LT. It would make sense for Mailata to remain on the backside of Wentz but he has experience on the right while Jason does not.
Even though health is desperately needed on the O-Line with Andre Dillard, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson and Jack Driscoll hurt, Peters isn’t the player he used to be. He can be fantastic as a utility backup but unless he’s needed due to a new injury Peters isn’t starter quality anymore.
His laziness is extremely detrimental to the group especially since he demanded more money to move to his old position and didn’t give any effort while out there. I can’t expect his ambition to be any better while riding the bench. If somehow that mindset changes he is absolutely an important piece to this current group, but it’s unexpected.
Mandatory Credit: Kate Frese Phillyvoice