Jason Peters is back with the Eagles. The 38-year-old Peters signed a one-year deal to return for his 17th season(12th with Philly) in the league. However, without Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks(Achilles), and with LT Andre Dillard in place, Philadelphia needs Peters to slide over to the guard spot. The nine-time Pro Bowler, who played in 13 games in 2019, made his mark at tackle, but now, he must learn a new position.
According to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Peters should be able to make the transition to guard with minimal issues.
“We had many conversations with Jason,” Pederson said during a video call on Monday. “We took a look at our roster obviously and felt that where Jason is and the type of player he is, obviously his leadership on the football team, that the transition would be relatively easy. I’m not going to say it’s going to be easy, but relatively easy, for him being a veteran guy moving into that guard spot, and quite frankly, we love where Andre is at. He’s had a tremendous off-season.”
Former Eagles OT Tra Thomas recently gave his thoughts on Peters to guard. According to Thomas, it won’t be easy.
“The skill isn’t the problem, it’s the wear and tear on the body,” Thomas told 97.3 ESPN Radio “If you are getting beat up out there playing defensive ends, you’re definitely going to get beat up playing offensive guard when you’re dealing with defensive tackles.”
“Everyone just thinks you can mix-and-match and just move around – it’s not that easy, to just move to different positions like that,” Thomas stressed. “Especially when you have been in a left-handed stance for so long, its takes a long-time to get that muscle memory to change.”
It’s going to be challenging to replace Brooks, but the Eagles are banking on Peters to get the job done. Time will tell if that is the right move.