You haven’t seen many Eagles offensive starters this preseason, and the sense from talking to coach Doug Pederson has been that you won’t, but left tackle Jason Peters dropped a hint to the contrary Tuesday, when discussing Thursday’s matchup with the visiting Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles and Ravens just concluded two days of intense joint practices.
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Jason Peters doesn’t always make himself available to reporters, but when the Eagles’ 37-year-old, nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle decides to speak, he’s almost always worth a listen. Tuesday he paused for a moment, following the conclusion of two grueling days of joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens, who visit Lincoln Financial Field Thursday for both teams’ third game of the preseason.
J.P. said several noteworthy things: That he feels 100 percent healthy, that this Eagles offense ought to compare to “the top in Eagles history” if everything comes together, and that the work against the Ravens taught him that “we’re going to be pretty good.”
But the headliner was his response when asked if joint practices take the place of preseason games for him. Peters allowed that they give the starters better work than they usually get in preseason games. Then he said, “We don’t know, but I’m thinking I’m gonna play a half [Thursday]. I’m not sure, but I’m preparing myself like I’m going to play the whole game.”
Obviously, he won’t be playing the whole game. But a half? That would be more interesting than what we’ve seen the first two weeks of the preseason. If Peters plays a half, could we see something of Carson Wentz, all previous indications to the contrary? Maybe Peters was just going on past practice, hasn’t been tuned in to all the talk about not playing starters in the preseason. It’ll be interesting to find out.
Former Rutgers receiver Carlton Agudosi stretched his 6-foot-6 frame to the limit to catch a Clayton Thorson pass at the sideline during last week’s preseason victory at Jacksonville. Agudosi initially was ruled out of bounds, but Doug Pederson threw the challenge flag, and the officials agreed Agudosi had gotten both feet down. They missed something, though, Agudosi said this week.
Asked if he knew he was inbounds when he caught the ball, Agudosi said he did, but he said he also knew he had accidentally run out of bounds, then veered back in, before the ball got there. By rule, he was not allowed to be the first player to touch the ball after that. But he was. Presumably, the replay didn’t go back that far.
The other question on that play was whether Thorson was actually trying to hit Greg Ward just underneath Agudosi, which was how it looked to the naked eye. Agudosi said he wondered that, too, and asked Thorson afterward.
“He said at first he was throwing to the other guy, but just before he released the ball, he saw me and threw to me,” Agudosi said.
That is a fine question, Mark. I asked Doug Pederson what’s up with Jalen Mills during Pederson’s Tuesday news conference and he pretty much said he’s optimistic Mills will be ready for the opener, but he doesn’t really know. Doug kind of took a long and confusing verbal route to that point, so much that the Eagles didn’t print his answer in their transcript, afraid someone reading it would get confused or get the wrong idea. But I don’t think Mills can possibly be ready to be a starter for Game 1.