Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Peters gives Doug Pederson 'a pleasant surprise,' and Carson Wentz no longer injured
PHILADELPHIA – Jason Peters walked into the office of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on Monday morning and said that he would be willing to move back to left tackle.
Just like that, Peters will return to the position he played for the past 11 seasons for the Eagles, where he was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times.
Pederson also said Monday that quarterback Carson Wentz is back at practice this week after missing last week with a lower body injury. Wentz said it was "groin tightness," but that he's fine now and will start Sunday against Washington in the season opener.
Pederson called Peters' move "one of those pleasant surprises that we all kind of hoped would come true." But Pederson wouldn't comment about Peters' reported demands for more money to play left tackle. Peters, who's 38 years o had re-signed with the Eagles in July for one year and $3 million to play right guard.
The NFL Network reported Monday afternoon that Peters agreed to move without a renegotiation, at least for now.
Pederson said he is just happy that Peters did move, making it seem like it was up to Peters as to where he wanted to play.
"Obviously, JP knocked, and it's a big man walking through my door," Pederson said about Peters, who's listed at 6-foot-5, 328 pounds. "And I was happy to see Jason Peters. I was just thrilled to death when he shared the news. I'm not going to get into the contract stuff. That's not my area. I was excited when he shared the news that he was sliding over to the left side. I was thrilled. I couldn't have been happier, not only for him, but our team.
"I gave him a hug and said, 'Let's go.'"
Peters was originally replacing Brandon Brooks at right guard after Brooks tore his Achilles in June. But Andre Dillard, who was starting at left tackle, suffered a season-ending biceps injury on Aug. 28.
Until Monday, Matt Pryor was playing left tackle in practice. Pederson said that he was comfortable going into the season with Peters at right guard.
Pryor, in his third season, had just three games of NFL experience, all at right guard in place of Brooks last season. He's not nearly as accomplished as Peters, obviously. Pederson said Pryor is an option at right guard, as are Nate Herbig, who's in his second season, and rookie Jack Driscoll.
The Eagles had brought in veteran left tackle Cordy Glenn, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, for a workout over the weekend. Pederson wouldn't comment on whether the Eagles will sign Glenn.
As for Wentz, he said last week was a good week to sit out and let his injury heal, knowing that he would be ramping up this week for Washington.
And he's just as happy to have Peters protecting his blind side.
"I've had JP back there blocking my blind side pretty much every year," Wentz said. "He's been the guy out there, done a great job. We call him 'The Bodyguard' for a reason. He always takes care of me."
In other news:
►Pederson, asked about signing 41-year-old QB Josh McCown to the practice squad, replied: "It just made sense to have a guy we're a little familiar with." The plan is for McCown to train on his own at his home in Texas while attending team and position meetings by videoconference.
That enables the Eagles to quarantine McCown in case Wentz and/or his backups in Nate Sudfeld and Jalen Hurts were to either get injured or test positive for COVID-19.
"We can keep him on the practice squad and keep him plugged in," Pederson said. "We're going to continue to work out the details of his week here in the next few days."
Added Wentz: "He's twice the age of some guys in this building. I always give him a little crap for that. It's awesome to have him back. To what level he's engaged, we'll wait and see as we go."
►Pederson wouldn't comment about the status of any of the injured players' availability for the game Sunday. That includes WR Jalen Reagor (shoulder), RB Miles Sanders (lower body), RT Lane Johnson (lower body), DT Javon Hargrave (reportedly pectoral strain), DE Derek Barnett (lower body), DE Vinny Curry (lower body).
The Eagles don't have to submit an injury report until Wednesday.
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