What the Future Holds For the Eagles’ O-line

Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)

Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)

With a decade in the NFL already under his belt, Barrett Brooks could feel his career winding down in Pittsburgh. He played in nearly 100 games in his first six seasons alone, and he didn’t have much left in the tank.

But then Bill Cowher started giving Brooks “maintenance days,” which Brooks says extended his career by two or three seasons. The former offensive lineman expects Doug Pederson to do the same for Jason Peters, which is why he thinks Peters will still be productive.

“[Pederson] knows how to give guys days off, and that’s going to be huge,” Brooks said. “He’s going to give them days and allow them to sit down to rest. Chip [Kelly] wasn’t having that. Chip still made him practice. You can’t have a guy like that.” Read more »

Lane Johnson: ‘I Want To Be Here the Rest Of My Career’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

In 2008, Lane Johnson was playing quarterback at Kilgore College. In 2010, he was working at tight end and then defensive line for Oklahoma. This time three years ago, he was considered a raw projection pick.  And now, he’s the fourth-highest paid tackle in the NFL.

“It’s sinking in now,” said Johnson after signing a five-year contract extension Friday. “I’m very fortunate to be drafted to a great place where I was able to develop and get better every year, and have the right coaches help me with that…I’m fortunate where I’m at and owe a lot of thanks to the people that have helped me along the way.”

Johnson’s new deal contains $35.5 million in guarantees (including a $10 million signing bonus) and is worth up to $63-plus million. The 25-year old believes the Eagles drafted him to eventually play left tackle and feels the contract accounts for that. But there is no rush. Signs are pointing to Jason Peters being back with the club in 2016, which seems to be just fine by Johnson. Read more »

Eagles, Lane Johnson Agree To Deal

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have agreed to a new six-year contract with Lane Johnson, the team announced.

It contains $35.5 million in guarantees and is worth up to $63 million. (Mike Garafolo had the details first.) The deal factors in Johnson’s eventual move to left tackle.

How soon that move comes depends on how the Eagles proceed with Jason Peters.

“I do,” said Doug Pederson, when asked if he thinks Peters can still be a starting left tackle. “I think JP’s got several good years left in him. I think that he does the right things in the offseason to get himself ready to go for another year, and really looking forward to visiting with him, sitting down and talking with him, and number one seeing where he’s at and then motivating him for the future.” Read more »

Jason Peters Talks Chip, Next Head Coach

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Asked what he wants in his next head coach, Jason Peters evoked the name of Andy Reid.

“He’s like a father figure to all the players. You just kind of didn’t want to let him down so you always played hard for the guy,” he said. “Somebody like him.”

Questions were raised down the stretch this season whether Peters felt inspired to “play hard” for the man who was just shown the door, Chip Kelly. He exited the game against Washington last week once the outcome was decided. Reports surfaced that he pulled himself because he didn’t want to risk further injury for a team not going to the playoffs. Read more »

Eagles Roster Analysis: Offense

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Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray. (Jeff Fusco)

With Sunday’s game against the Giants meaningless in terms of the 2015 NFL season, we figured it was time to turn our attention to the Eagles’ roster heading into the new year and the offseason, as the team begins looking for its next head coach.

A team’s stable of talent plays quite the role when people like Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman are trying to sell their franchise to prospective head coaches. Let’s talk about how the roster looks on the offensive side of the ball.

(All contract information is via Spotrac, including the 2016 dead cap numbers.) Read more »

Kelly On Peters: ‘I Will Never Question His Toughness’

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

Chip Kelly. (Jeff Fusco)

After reports emerged that Jason Peters took himself out of the Eagles’ game against Washington Saturday night, Chip Kelly said today he doesn’t know whether that’s true.

“It wasn’t relayed to me that way. It’s just relayed Jason’s out. I didn’t get into that,” Kelly said. “We were just told he couldn’t go any longer.”

According to multiple reports, Peters, who injured his elbow during the game, took himself out because he “didn’t want the risk of getting hurt for a team that is not going to the playoffs.” Peters played 56 offensive snaps (69 percent), while Dennis Kelly was on the field for the other 25 plays (31 percent). Read more »

Cox, Peters, Sproles Named To Pro Bowl

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox has been named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, the NFL announced Tuesday night. The defensive end will be joined by Jason Peters and Darren Sproles for the game on January 31 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This is Sproles’ second consecutive Pro Bowl as a return specialist and the eighth selection for Peters.

“It feels really great,” Cox said, according to the Eagles website. “I told myself before the season started that I needed to be better than last year. I had to make the whole world know and not just the local people. It all paid off.” Read more »

Jason Peters: Twilight Before the Hall

Jason Peters

Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)

Jason Peters sat stoically at his stall in the center of a bustling visitors locker room, still in his game pants and wearing a black sweat-soaked t-shirt with big white letters running from one broad shoulder to the other that simply read, “The Bodyguard.”

The upset win over New England was minutes old and the room around him was humming. A pick six and a pair of special teams touchdowns flipped the script on a predicted Patriots route, pumping life back into a season that was just about out of air.

For a moment, the Eagles were dangerously close to letting it all slip away. Tom Brady led a pair of late touchdown drives to slice the lead to seven, reinvigorating a Gillette Stadium crowd that was in full throat as the Eagles stared down a 3rd-and-11 near midfield with 2:49 remaining.

The play got off to a lousy start. Brent Celek, lined up to Peters’ left, was supposed to get a good chip on defensive end Rob Ninkovich before releasing into the flat, but came up with mostly air. That left Ninkovich with what appeared to be a clear path to Sam Bradford for a would-be blindside hit that, at the very least, would have forced a punt. It took Peters’ best effort of the year to salvage the play and keep the drive alive. Read more »

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