Philadelphia Eagles legend recommends moving Jason Peters again

Jason Peters, Philadelphia EaglesMandatory Credit: (Imagn Images photo pool)Sports Eagles Jets
Jason Peters, Philadelphia EaglesMandatory Credit: (Imagn Images photo pool)Sports Eagles Jets /

Help may be on the way for the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s officially Dallas Cowboys week as the Philadelphia Eagles prepare for a home game versus their long-time rivals in primetime during the NFL’s slate of games in Week 8. The news came on the final Monday of October that Philly activated 21-day practice windows for offensive lineman Jason Peters, wide receiver Jalen Reagor, linebacker T.J. Edwards,  and safety Rudy Ford.

What that means is this. Philly can add those guys back to the active roster at any point during the 21-day window (let’s hope that happens in Week 8). If they don’t, they’ll return to the team’s injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

It appears reinforcements are on the way, but here’s a question. What will Jason Peters’ role be if he returns? The roles of those other three are more clear, but with Jordan Mailata still figuring out how to play the left tackle position, wouldn’t it be wise if he remains out there to continue to develop?

Philadelphia Eagles legend Tra Thomas may have things figured out.

Following a great NFL and Eagles career, Tra Thomas made the plunge into media, but no one has forgotten how good that he was as a player. The 11th-overall selection of 1998’s NFL Draft manned the left side of the Eagles line for 11 seasons, making three Pro Bowls in the process.

These days his voice can be heard everywhere, including the weekly visits that he makes to Jon Marks and Ike Reese’s show on 94 WIP-FM in Philadelphia. Recently, he shared his thoughts on what the ‘Birds’ should do with ‘The Bodyguard’.

Here’s the skinny. If you think that Philly should go with their original plan of letting J.P. play guard, Thomas agrees with you, but here’s the curveball. Thomas thinks that Peters should actually be playing left guard. Pat yourself on the back if you had the same idea.

Here’s a quote

"He’s been in a left-handed stance since the Lord said ‘Let there be light’. J.P. has been in a left-handed stance for 15 years, so to sit up here and say ‘let’s put him over there at the right side’… That to me is a whole balance issue. You could see it even now when you go back and you look at how Nate Herbig went over to right guard, how he lost his post foot. How he was opening up at times. That’s the same thing that’s going to happen to J.P. if you put him on the right side because he’s so used to being in a left-handed stance."

Peters has missed the last four games of the 2020 Eagles season. with a toe injury, one that he didn’t have surgery to fix, and at his age, one has to wonder if that will continue to hamper him as the campaign rolls on.

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He isn’t the same player that he once was. He’s no longer a left tackle, but he could be a very good guard on this Eagles offensive line. Might the Eagles give it some thought? We’ll have to wait and see, but first thing’s first. Let’s get this guy on the field and ready to play first.