Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters has high hopes for Chip Kelly‘s offense, especially running back LeSean McCoy.
Earlier this summer, Peters said he expected his Pro Bowl running back to reach the 1,000-yard plateau this season and following Monday night’s 33-27 dismantling of the Washington Redskins, the left tackle not so jokingly predicted that McCoy would surpass the century mark by Week 10.
While Kelly’s schemes are predicated on running the football and it appears opposing defenses will struggle to keep up with the Birds’ frenetic pace, if McCoy is going to rush for the history books this season, he will need to do it behind a healthy and effective Peters.
After missing all of last season with a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon, Peters not only is back on the field, but after suiting up in just one preseason game prior to the regular season opener, he already appears to be in mid-season All-Pro form. Even by Peters’ standards, blocking 53 times in one half of football in a game where the offense runs 77 plays is certainly a test.
Regardless, it hasn’t slowed the 31-year old. “I was sitting there, ran back on the field in the third quarter and it was like, ‘Man, I feel good,’ Peters said. “I just kept going after that.”
Even while being matched up against Brian Orakpo and tasked with keeping him off Michael Vick‘s blindside, Peters stood tall to the task and showed no ill signs of the injury’s effects. After a regular season that decimated the Eagles’ offensive line with injuries a year ago, Peters’ dominant return to health is a breath of fresh air.
As much as Kelly’s schemes set the table for the offense to succeed, the biggest key this season for this team is Peters remaining healthy and playing at an elite level.
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