Eagles Roundtable: Which Player Has Disappointed Most?

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Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tackle Jason Peters (71) walks of the field against the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Lacy, Staff Writer

Selection: Jason Peters
It seemed curious when the Eagles replaced both of their starting guards from last season with unheralded backups. The hope was that the team’s excellent tackles and center would help lift the performance of the guards, and there wouldn’t be much – if any – drop off.Three games into the season, that hasn’t been the case. The guards haven’t played well, but even more disappointing is that the other linemen also seem to be playing below their capabilities.

Most glaring has been Jason Peters. Maybe it’s because he is no longer playing beside a Pro Bowler; Maybe he’s at a disadvantage because opposing coaches have figured out the Eagles’ offensive scheme; Or maybe it’s because he’s 33 and closer to the end of his career than the beginning. Whatever the reason, Peters has not been the dominating force that we’re accustomed to seeing at left tackle.

Hopefully, as the season goes on, the line as a whole will gain coherence and improve its play as a unit. And maybe at year’s end, we’ll once again see Peters playing at an All-Pro level. But for right now, it definitely appears as if Peters has lost a step or two.