Kelly: Peters Is the Exception To Every Rule

Jason Peters didn’t understand the question.

A reporter asked him today if he could get back to being the player who made it to five straight Pro Bowls from 2007 to 2011.

“What you mean?” Peters asked. “I am that player. I don’t play no less than I played last year [2011]. I’m gonna go out there and give it 100 percent and let the fans and the coaches vote. That’s not even my goal. My goal is to get a division championship and get to the playoffs and go deep.”

Peters has sounded confident all offseason and looked impressive on the practice fields. Coaches have expressed no doubt that he can get back to being the best left tackle in the NFL, despite having injured and re-injured his Achilles last offseason.

“I don’t think there is a player like him in the world to be honest with you,” Chip Kelly said. “Someone that big, that fast, that athletic. I catch myself in practice just kind of going, ‘Wow.’ He’s 350 pounds and he runs like he is a tight end. He’s an exception to every rule, so I don’t think studying guys who have had Achilles injuries and say, ‘That guy would be like Jason.’ He didn’t have any ill effects when he was here during the spring and he hasn’t shown anything, he’s not getting any extra treatment or anything like that. He’s been cleared 100 percent.”

Peters was arrested last month, but had charges reduced to having improper equipment, according to various reports.

“It wasn’t nothing major,” Peters said. “It was a ticket. They dropped it, threw it out. It wasn’t nothing major. So I wasn’t never worried about that.”

Did he talk to Kelly about it?

“Yeah, we talked,” Peters said. “What we talked about is behind closed doors. He told me, ‘Don’t worry about it. Get ready for training camp.’ ”

As for the Achilles, Peters said he’s “full tilt” and not operating with any limitations. The entire starting offensive line (Peters, Evan MathisJason Kelce, Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson) practiced together during today’s session, an encouraging sign after last year’s disaster.

Peters was asked if he expects to improve on last year’s win total.

“I guarantee we win more than four games,” he said. “That’s probably the worst we could have done was win four last year. But I guarantee you we’re gonna win more than four this year.”

How many more?

“Can’t say,” Peters said. “I wish all of them.”

Tim McManus contributed to this article.

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  • Richard Colton

    My favorite player on the Eagles for the past few years. I love watching a DB getting mauled by a huge tackle more than a wide open TD pass.

    I don’t read Peter’s “not understanding the question” as bravado or cluelessness. He really thinks he’s the same exact athlete he was in ’11. He may be, but I suspect Willie Mays thought he was the same player when he suited up for the Mets. How many of us can look ourselves in the mirror and admit we’ve lost a step? I think it’s reasonable to expect a solid to above-average left tackle from JP. Anything more is gravy.

    • GEagle

      Yeah it really is great that he doesn’t even friggin comprehend wtf people are asking. How awesome is that?…When I found out he was running friggin hurdles in march. I was ready to put the injury talk to bed…Chip talked about how him and his coaches look at each other when they see him do something crazy lol just awesome. Think what a treat it most have been for an offensive mastermind from College, to see Peters live and up close for the first time? I would give anything for cameras to have captured Chips first HOLY CRAP, did he just do that, moment..Bet Spadaro had to follow him for the entire first practice with a hankerchief to wipe chips face from drooling
      As a former OT, when I watch games live, even I rarely watch the OT. Who wouldn’t rather watch Rb’s,Qbs, and WR’s which finalize the outcome and success of a play, then an Olinemen? No one gives a crap about watching the average Olineman….But JP is such a freak, that people genuinely watch him when they watch games….and that’s sooo special and rare for an Olineman to have that kind of effect on Fans….I remember I used to miss entire plays, watching JP MAUL PEOPLE on the backside of the play…You cant help but to watch that BAWSS HOG!!!

  • Max Lightfoot

    He is the key to the 2013 season.

  • GEagle

    Listening to that Press conference, I was screaming at my computer when Kelly talked about Peters, saying how incredibly unique he was, for one of our reporters to ask a follow up to get Kelly to compare and contrast Lane’s athleticism and Ceiling with Jason Peters, this special one of a kind athlete….I would LOVE to hear what Kelly has to say about Lane’s ability in the context of Jason Peters….Been waiting for that question since the moment Lane was drafted!

    Kelly’s thoughts on Desean and the commitment level(what kind of shape they showed up in today) seemed sincere which got me very excited. But I will shut up, since Im sure the Djax article is on its way by Phillies finest Bulldog and play list connoisseur lol

  • Mr. Wu

    Jarvis Jenkins suspended 4 games….starting with game one at RFK :)

  • PaoliBulldog

    I’d prefer Peters at LT and Barkley at QB over Demetress Bell + Michael Vick.

  • Loke2112

    Send Peters out on a pattern over the middle and let him Yak a few LB’s and D backs along the way and I’ll be impressed Chip.

  • This. This is good news.

  • Maggie

    As great a player as Peters is, I wish he would learn to speak English.

  • Explorer51

    It’s great that Jason Peters is feeling the love now; but Google the 2009 trade when the Eagles gave up a #1 for him and you’ll see lots of disagreement there. In fact, that first year, he was booed and criticized for his offsides penalties, his perceived lack of effort (by some fans), etc. And if you look at the Buffalo press, they thought the Eagles were fleeced! Cool that he’s now being touted as possibly the best in the NFL…sometimes it pays to take the long view.

  • djack10

    Does Reid get the credit for the Peters trade?

  • Fink

    “What we talked about is behind closed doors, but he told me..”

    Door doesn’t seem very closed to me.