2. The position change will serve a Philadelphia Eagles legend who is a step slower quite nicely.
In being an Eagles fan, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking about how great “71” has been. Not many “Birds” can say that they’ve survived the Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, and Doug Pederson era, but here we are. When football resumes, regardless of what it looks like, Jason Peters will bring the lunch pail, a fairly large one, and go to work for his 12th tour of duty.
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He just won’t be doing it at the left tackle position. Honestly, that’s a good thing.
In 2019, it became apparent that even though “71” is still better than 95 percent of the game’s left tackles, he’s clearly lost a step, hence the bevy of false starts. Peters developed this nasty habit of getting that six-foot-four, 328-pound frame going a little earlier than he was supposed to. You know, just to get an advantage. He is, after all, in his late thirties, and no one gets stronger and faster as they get older, not even J.P.
The problem was that some line judges weren’t allowing that as often as others. Eventually, many of them gave up, and they decided it was pointless to flag the guy every time. Hey, when you’re a legend, sometimes you get away with things. Just look at James Harden. He’s got like two moves honestly, and one of them is traveling. Moving from left tackle to right guard is the perfect counter for Peters’ age, and with Jason Kelce to his left and Lane Johnson to his right, the “Birds” won’t have any issues with the right side of their line.