Did Eagles get a glimpse of starting O-line?

Did Eagles get a glimpse of starting O-line?
June 4, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Jason Peters ruptured his right Achilles tendon twice last offseason. (USA Today Images)

For the first time this spring, the Eagles were able to showcase their projected first-team offensive line.
 
The presence of left tackle Jason Peters, who missed the final two voluntary organized team activities for personal reasons, coupled with the returns of left guard Evan Mathis and center Jason Kelce from rehab stints, enabled the Eagles to showcase the offensive line that’s likely to take the field for the Sept. 9 season opener against the Redskins.
 
Lane Johnson, the team’s first-round pick who went fourth overall, manned right tackle and veteran Todd Herremans occupied right guard.
 
After practice, Kelly seemed encouraged by the returns of his interior linemen. Kelce is coming off major knee surgery after going down in Week 2 of last season with ligament tears. Mathis underwent a minor ankle procedure just after the team’s pre-draft camp that sidelined him for all of May.

“I was told when I got here that [the medical staff] were going to try to get them ready for the minicamps,” Kelly said, “and [Kelce and Mathis] have done a great job from a rehab standpoint, so it was good to get them back out there and get them some reps.”
 
Others who practiced were safety Kenny Phillips, cornerback Cary Williams, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, running back LeSean McCoy and outside linebacker/defensive end Chris McCoy. Each had missed some time with either an injury or for personal reasons.
 
Phillips, who missed last week’s camp to rest his surgically repaired knee, rotated on the first and second strings and wasn’t limited. Williams also saw first-team action.
 
As for Peters, Kelly said the Pro Bowl left tackle stayed in communication with the coaching staff while he was away and frequently texted with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

With Peters and Johnson anchoring the tackle spots, Dennis Kelly and Danny Watkins ran with the second string; Kelly at right tackle and Watkins at right guard. Each had seen some time on the first string throughout the May camps.