Philadelphia Eagles: Doug Pederson announces Jason Peters move to LT

Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Philadelphia Eagles legend Jason Peters will make the move back to left tackle.

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, Christmas came on Labor Day. In a Monday afternoon press conference, Philly’s head coach Doug Pederson made an announcement that can best be described as music to any ‘Birds’ fan’s ears.

The legend Jason Peters will, indeed, make the move from the guard spot back to the left tackle position.  Somewhere, there are Eagles fans preparing for a barbecue or a family get together, and there’s champagne being popped in the middle of the afternoon. If you’re a fan of this great team, there isn’t much that you could have heard that will qualify as better news.

Who cares about how it happened? If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you’re just glad that it did.

So, here we are. After a Brandon Brooks injury that brought ‘The Bodyguard’ home to play right guard of all things, after an injury to Peters successor, Andre Dillard, after weeks of back-and-forth about whether or not J.P. was selfish, and after a workout by Cordy Glenn, we’re right back to what’s familiar. Peters will be manning the left side of the offensive line and protecting Carson Wentz‘s blindside.

Coach seems relieved as he stated that ’71’ walked into his office, delivered the news, and got a hug from the man that’s coached this great team for the past four seasons (the 2020 campaign will be his fifth). While some would ask ‘why now?’, we can all agree on the answer to that question. Who cares?

J.P., whether he would have made the move or not, is one of the greatest Eagles of all time. He, DeSean Jackson, and Brandon Graham are among a rare group of men that can say they’ve shared the field with Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, and Doug Pederson. He’s a legend in the minds of his teammates many of which are stars in their own right, but this just solidifies his legacy even further.

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He’s shown that he’s unselfish. He’s shown that he’s a leader. He’s shown that his teammates do, indeed, come first. This team is much better with him at left tackle. Fans and members of the media have to be tickled heading into Week 1 knowing that ‘The Bodyguard’ is back where he’s supposed to be. That’s a weight off of everyone’s shoulders.