Every time you see a Philadelphia Eagles legend like Jason Peters in the ear of rookie offensive tackle Andre Dillard, you just have to crack a smile.
It won’t be much of a surprise when the Philadelphia Eagles‘ long-time left tackle Jason Peters is enshrined in Canton, Ohio. The man we can probably all bank on being the next Eagles legend to get a gold bust carved is winding down what’s truly been a career that’s Pro Football Hall of Fame worthy, and it appears that, in the process, he’ll pass a pretty heavy torch to rookie offensive tackle Andre Dillard.
They’ve been just about as inseparable as two guys can be at an NFL training camp. They’ve worked their tails off, but you can often see the two of them standing around each other when they have a moment with Dillard, no doubt, taking every opportunity to pick the brain of a nine-time Pro Bowler.
It’s definitely quite the Kodak moment, and who knows? Maybe one day it’ll probably be worth a few coins. For now, it holds a different title for Eagles fans. Throw this one in the category of ‘priceless’.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke with the media on Monday following practice, and he had an interesting take on the relationship between one of the best tackles in the game right now and the guy who may take that same title at some point in the future.
"It’s good to see that J.P.’s taken that under his wing… Obviously it’s not J.P.’s job to coach him up. That’s ‘Stout’ (Jeff Stoutland), and Roy Istvan and those guys (but) anything Andre can do to stay in Jason’s ear, and just pick his brain, and watch him is just valuable. For J.P. to coach him up when he’s not in there.. Every little bit helps. Players, sometimes, see things a little differently, and they’re playing the game. It’s great information, and it’s valuable."
Peters career is one that’s had him be around to play for the last three Eagles head coaches. That includes the most recent, the aforementioned Pederson. That includes Andy Reid, the guy that brought him to Philly in the first place.
Believe it or not, that also includes Chip Kelly, the guy whose Eagles legacy is sandwiched between those other two.
Faces change. Players change. So do coaches, but through it all, Peters has been a constant. 2019 will be his 11th season in an Eagles jersey. It may also be his last. He’s been a joy to watch, but here’s something that should make any Eagles fan smile rather than cry.
Andre Dillard has the potential to be just as good. Whether he will be is totally up to him and his coaches. We can see one thing already. Dillard is serious about being good.. He’s totally teachable. barring something unforeseen, it’s a safe assumption to think that he’ll be okay.