Jason Peters said last week that he believed that he's had a Pro Bowl year. On Tuesday, he was proven correct.
Peters was named a starter on the NFC Pro Bowl squad in his first year as an Eagle. It's his third-straight Pro Bowl invite. In addition, Peters will be headed to the playoffs for the first time in his six-year career.
Head coach Andy Reid said in April that the Eagles had acquired the best left tackle in pro football when the team traded a bevy of draft picks to the Buffalo Bills to obtain Peters' services. The 6-4, 328-pound Peters took over for Tra Thomas, who had been the blindside protector for Donovan McNabb's entire career.
Peters was expected to be an instant upgrade in the run game. The Eagles rank fourth in the league in converting short-yardage situations with runs to the left side this season. The Eagles rank fifth in the league in runs of 10 yards or more to Peters' side.
And McNabb has been no worse for wear with Peters at left tackle. The Eagles have allowed 54 quarterback hits this season, which is the second-lowest total in the league.
Peters has overcome injuries since he arrived at training camp. However, Peters has fought hard and only missed one game all year. That was the San Diego game, the last time the Eagles lost.
When the Eagles traded for Peters, they also signed him to a hefty six-year contract that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2014 season. At just 27 years old, Peters has the opportunity to be the Eagles' left tackle of the present and well into the future.
Not bad for a former tight end who joined the league as a rookie free agent.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 7:59 p.m., December 29