The Philadelphia Eagles will go into 2016 with a new head coach and a good deal of questions to answer. One of the more under-the-radar questions has to do with the offensive line. Will the Eagles invest in some new bodies during free agency and the draft? And what about the tackle position? Is it finally time to move Jason Peters out of the left tackle spot?
Not if you ask Peters. Asked after the game if he would be willing to move to a position outside of left tackle, he responded with the following:
Peters on possibly moving from LT: "Who are they going to put in there that's better than me? Nobody? Who are they going to draft...— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) January 3, 2016
This is interesting, as the Eagles are clearly grooming Lane Johnson to take over at left tackle for Peters. Many assumed it would happen next year because earlier in the season, Peters said he'd consider moving inside to guard. But clearly Peters, who is probably the next Eagles player to enter the Hall of Fame, believes he can play at a high enough level to stay on the outside.
Asked whether he thought he'd play left tackle next year, Johnson told CSN Philly, "I don’t know if anyone can do it as good as Jason Peters does."
And Peters certainly does have a point. Unless the Eagles bring in a free agent or high draft pick, there won't be any serious competition for his spot. Sure, the Eagles could have Johnson challenge for it, but that'd leave a glaring hole at right tackle. It's simply not realistic to keep Peters or Johnson on the bench while starting Dennis Kelly.
Then again, Peters did have perhaps his worst season as an Eagle in 2015. Despite making the Pro Bowl he was hampered by injuries all year, and took himself out of the Eagles' Week 16 game against Washington when it became clear the game was over.
Will the Eagles continue to rely on the aging vet, or will they opt to go younger? The new head coach will have an interesting decision to make once they take over.