Jason Peters revealed on Saturday that in the conditioning drills to kick off the 2009 training camp he suffered a slight tear in his quad muscle. Peters fought hard to be ready for the season and once it was underway he proved why the Eagles surrendered a king's ransom for the All-Pro's services.
The 6-4,340-pound Peters established himself as one of the premier tackles in the NFC in his first year with the Eagles. Along the way, Peters battled other injuries and his periodic absence showed just exactly how valuable he is to this team.
Well, Peters has been healthy from the start of this year's training camp. In fact, Peters took part in the offseason conditioning program for the first time in his NFL career. Even though he has a monster contract, Peters is hungry to show that he is one of the best, if not the best, tackles in all of football.
"I'm going to try to be as dominant as I can be. Everyone gets beat a little here and there. The one thing about me is that I'm going to keep coming back and I'm going to leave it on the field every Sunday," said Peters, who played in his first playoff game last season. "You have to stay on top of your game. This game is never promised to you, year in and year out. It don't matter what contract you have. If you don't perform, they'll either get rid of you or trade you."
Peters spent some time after Saturday morning's practice with Winston Justice helping rookie free agent tackle Jeraill McCuller with his technique. Don't forget that Peters began his NFL career in Buffalo as a rookie free agent tight end.
"Even though I have the big contract, in the back of my mind I still remember that I was a (rookie) free agent," Peters said. "I'm just trying to help the young guys and give my knowledge to them. I was just trying to help (McCuller) with his technique. He got beat today and he asked for my help and I was trying to show him how not to get beat again."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:00 p.m., August 7