In a move that should’ve been made weeks ago, the Eagles have finally moved Jason Peters to the interior of the offensive line and are going to start Jordan Mailata at left tackle, according to NBC Sports’ John Clark.
This was a no-brainer move for Doug Pederson. Peters has been abysmal at left tackle this season, allowing 6 sacks and posting a 68.1 pass blocking grade, per Pro Football Focus. His worst outing of the season came against the Cleveland Browns last week, where Peters allowed 3 sacks, 3 QB hits, and 7 total pressures.
According to John Clark, Peters has been fighting through a turf toe injury on his left foot, his point foot out at left tackle. It was aggravated during the Browns game, which led to Peters only playing 47 snaps.
Pederson came out on Monday and stated that Peters would be his starting left tackle moving forward, making this move on Friday all the more head scratching. It’s possible that Pederson wanted to see how Peters injury held up during the practice week before making a move, or maybe he finally realized that playing Peters over Mailata at left tackle was complete idiocy.
Your guess is as good as mine.
In the 5 games that Mailata started at left tackle, the Eagles went 3-2. With Peters protecting Wentz’s blindside, the team has gone 0-4-1.
This move should benefit the entire offense line. Mailata is an upgrade over Peters at tackle, and Peters should be an upgrade over Matt Pryor at right guard. The starting offensive line on Monday against Seattle should look like this (from left to right): Mailata – Isaac Seumalo – Jason Kelce – Peters – Lane Johnson.
It’ll be the 10th offensive line combination the Eagles have rolled out this season. Let’s hope this one actually sticks.