A LOT’S RIDING ON EAGLES’ LT JASON PETERS HEALTHY BODY

By Jack Ryan

Eagles left tackle Jason Peters was named to his eighth Pro Bowl last season, another accolade on what could be a Pro Football Hall of Fame résumé.

Still, Peters will probably admit that 2015 was not one of his best seasons. The bar is always set high for Peters, but now as he begins his 13th season in the NFL and eighth with the Eagles, the team is once again relying on him to bounce back into form.

There were a couple of different factors that may have affected Peters’ play last season. The main issue concerned his health.

While he appeared in 14 games, Peters had a plethora of bumps and bruises along the way. He was able to play through most of them, but there always seemed to be some nagging health issues to slow him down.

His most significant injury in 2015 was a back injury that forced him to sit out for two games. Peters is as tough as they come, so it’s not all that surprising that he did everything he could to play through the pain, but a fully healthy Jason Peters makes an enormous difference for the Eagles’ offense.

Peters’ age is also another factor to keep in mind. Now 34 years old, Peters can still play at a very high level. There’s been talk about whether a move to guard could be in Peters’ future, but it’s hard to think of a scenario at which a healthy Peters isn’t the starter at left tackle, a position that he has dominated for over a decade. Lane Johnson is the Eagles’ left guard of the future, but Peters is set out to prove that he can anchor down that spot for the next few seasons.

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