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Eagles' Peters returns to LT ahead of Week 1 vs. Washington

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For over a decade, Jason Peters has primarily served as the Philadelphia Eagles starting left tackle. However, that wasn't supposed to be the case in 2020.

Yet, on Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced that Peters would return to the position he has built a Hall of Fame career at for Philly's Week 1 contest against Washington.

“I can actually share some news with you,” Pederson said Monday, via NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro. “Jason Peters came into my office this morning and he has decided to slide over to left tackle. This is the unselfishness, this is who he is."

The move comes more out of necessity than anything. Peters, 38, was brought back to Philadelphia in July to play right guard, following a season-ending injury to Brandon Brooks. But on Aug. 28, Peters' expected successor -- 2019 first-rounder Andre Dillard -- suffered a season-ending biceps injury.

All of a sudden, Peters was once again the team's best option at left tackle.

However, the decision for Peters to move back to left tackle was not one he immediately wanted to make. Multiple reports suggested that the 38-year-old, who is on the books for just $3.1 million this season, wanted a pay raise before switching back to his natural position.

But on Monday, Peters informed Pederson he was ready to once again protect QB Carson Wentz's blindside, even without an increase in salary.

Peters' résumé speaks for itself, but the longtime left tackle will have to get readjusted to his natural position fast. In just six days, the Eagles travel to Washington for their Week 1 matchup. 

 

Between Chase Young, Montez Sweat and Ryan Kerrigan, Washington has three talented pass rushers ready to get after Wentz. Expectations are high for the Washington defense entering 2020, and the group is eager to deliver.

So, if Peters needs a little time to shake the rust off returning to left tackle, that only means good news for the Burgundy and Gold.