The Philadelphia Eagles will be heading into Week 1 with Jason Peters as their starting left tackle. Doug Pederson revealed as much during a Monday morning press conference with reporters.
The Eagles re-signed Peters to play right guard for them with Brandon Brooks suffering a season-ending Achilles injury in mid-June. But with projected starting left tackle Andre Dillard then suffering a season-ending injury of his own in training camp, the assumption was that Peters would be moving back outside.
There was a hitch in that assumption with Peters reportedly requesting more money to play left tackle. The team seemingly did not oblige considering Peters remained at right guard in practice while Matt Pryor was lining up at left tackle. Pryor mightily struggled playing at a totally new spot and was clearly not a viable option there.
The Eagles brought veteran free agent Cordy Glenn in for a visit but it’s currently unclear if the team will sign him or not. The feeling here is that he’d be a good backup swing tackle to have around, especially with Peters not likely to play 100% of the snaps in 2020.
It’s good to hear that Peters walked into Pederson’s office on Monday morning and told the head coach he’s moving back outside. The future Hall of Famer is clearly the team’s best option there despite the fact he turns 39 in January.
As for right guard, Pryor seems likely to take over at that spot. He got some experience playing there in 2019. Pederson did not confirm Pryor as the starter, however, and only said he’s one of a few options there. Pederson also mentioned Nate Herbig and Jack Driscoll (in that order) as possibilities.
The Eagles are heading into Week 1 with their best possible offensive line combination given what they have available. They’ll hope it’s enough to fend off a strong Washington Football Team defensive line highlighted by No. 2 overall pick Chase Young.
UPDATE: NFL insider Mike Garafolo clarifies that there has been no adjustment to Peters’ contract ... yet, at least.
“But Jason Peters went in today and said ‘Alright, I’ll slide out to left tackle for you guys,’ without the contract being tweaked. Now, that could change at some point in the next couple of days or whatnot beyond that. But this is a show of faith from Jason Peters.”