WILL EAGLES’ 34-YEAR-OLD LT JASON PETERS LAST THE SEASON?

By Mary Cunningham

One of the nagging questions facing Eagles coach Doug Pederson as he gets ready for training camp in 41 days is:

What are you going to do when 34-year-old previously All-World left tackle Jason Peters breaks down as he surely will?

Peters was fighting nagging injuries in 2015 and didn’t play at his usual high level. That in turn affected the play of left guard Allen Barbre. The play of right guard Matt Tobin was sub-par.

The Eagles replaced Tobin with $40 million free agent Brandon Brooks. But Barbre is still the starting left guard. Peters will be another year older. That could lead to major problems for the entire offense.

On the other hand, Peters stands to benefit from the coaching change. Kelly’s relentless, up-tempo approach — in practice as well as in games — is gone. Pederson has talked about the importance of giving veterans like Peters extra rest when needed. The chance to play at a normal pace, with a huddle before every play, should also help Peters stay fresh.

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