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Peters: DeMarco Murray Will Get His Yards

Posted Jun 11, 2015

In Jason Peters' mind, the Eagles issued the All-Pro tackle and the rest of the offensive line a challenge this offseason with the addition of running back DeMarco Murray?

In theory, the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year should ease the burden on the Eagles' offensive line. For Peters, it's the opposite. Peters is confident that the Eagles' offensive line is better than the one that resides in Dallas, but can Murray come close to matching the monster numbers he posted in 2014?

"It's a big weight on our shoulders. He was the rushing champ last year. He almost broke the record. For him to come here and not duplicate that, that would discredit us a little bit with the Dallas offensive line. We've got to make sure he gets his yards," Peters said. "That's a big challenge. The Dallas offensive line is good. We're just better. We're going to make sure he gets his yards."

When reminded that the Eagles also added another Pro Bowl talent in Ryan Mathews, Peters remarked, "whoever is in the backfield, we're going to make sure they get their yards."

Peters is fresh off of his seventh Pro Bowl campaign in 2014 - his second straight after missing all of 2012 due to an Achilles injury. Since his arrival in 2009, the Eagles have not had a losing season when he played. The Eagles are 49-30 (.620 win percentage) with Peters in the starting lineup. The 33-year-old isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' top offensive tackle in 2014. Last month during the NFL Draft, head coach Chip Kelly showed just how much faith he has in Peters.

"There's absolutely no question that he'll be the top tackle in the game this year," Kelly said.

Peters knows that for Murray and the rest of the offense to succeed the entire line must be in sync. Peters praised the work of Allen Barbre, who has spent the Organized Team Activities alongside him at the left guard spot.

"You got to have some chemistry with the combination blocks, with the games, who you're going to. Once you get to working with the guy, you get comfortable with him real quick. It only takes about a month and then you know what he's going to do, what he's saying, the lingo, the code words. It gets real easy after that," Peters said.

"You know what he's going to do. You know his set lines. You know how he's going to come off on certain blocks. You know how to get yourself in there with him and that's what I'm doing with Al right now. For the most part, we're clicking. If I had to say from one to 10 right now, we're about a seven, seven and a half."

Peters enjoys this time of the year because he knows there are young players coming into the league trying to take his spot. Peters maintains the underdog mindset he had when he wasn't drafted and began his potential Hall of Fame career in Buffalo as a tight end.

"I just try to outwork the young guys," Peters said. "Every year, you get older and they're watching you so I just try to outwork them, so as long as I stay ahead of them I'm going to stay up on my game."

And in the process help lay the groundwork so Murray and the rest of the running back contingent can improve what has been the second-best rushing attack in the league over the past two seasons.

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