One of the most pressing questions for the Eagles’ offense heading into the 2012 season is whether or not free-agent addition Demetress Bell will be able to play anywhere near the level of injured All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters.
The Eagles, a team that has otherwise enjoyed a lot of positive press regarding what appears to be a stellar offseason, suffered a significant blow when Peters went down with a torn Achilles back in March.
Though offensive line coach Howard Mudd isn’t present for the start of OTAs, assistant offensive line coach Eugene Chung likes what he’s seen from Bell and doesn’t seem to be too concerned about the situation at left tackle.
“Demetress is a great athlete also,” Chung said. “I’m not concerned with our left tackle position because Demetress is in there. I know Jason was a great leader out there; I’m sure Demetress will be, too. He’s an older vet now, the guys have embraced him … I’m not concerned.”
One of the main questions surrounding Bell is if the Eagles will change the way they do things without Peters’ presence.
“I don’t believe that,” Chung said. “I look at Demetress, and we’ve studied his film quite extensively, what he is is, he’s an incredible athlete. He was a basketball player, so you know he’s athletic, you know he can stay in front of people. It’s just teaching him what we do … he’s picking it up now. He understands it and he’s embraced it. By the time training camp comes around, he’ll be fully evolved into our system. I’m not worried at all about that.”
This all sounds encouraging, of course. But it might be a bit more comforting to hear this from, you know, the architect of the complex system that Bell will be required to run.