Eagles LT Jason Peters not worried about playing without LG Evan Mathis
As the Philadelphia Eagles get ready to wrap up their third set of OTA practices, all-pro left guard Evan Mathis remains absent from the team's facility. Mathis is holding out for a new contract that would pay him like one of the best players at his position. Mathis has lined up next to left tackle Jason Peters over the last four seasons, and they have combined to make up arguably the most dominant left side offensive line in the NFL. Although the duo has worked exceptionally well together, Peters is not worried about the possibility of Mathis playing elsewhere in 2015.
"Not really," Peters answered, when asked if playing next to Mathis in 2015 matters to him, per The Philadelphia Daily Inquirer.
Peters is comfortable playing next to Allen Barbre during the regular season. Barbre has lined up at left guard so far during the Eagles' OTA practices. Originally, Barbre was projected to take over as the team's starting right guard, but Mathis' prolonged holdout led the Eagles to try Barbre at left guard. So far, the results have been outstanding.
In what can be interpreted as a shot at Mathis, Peters added that the Eagles "have a group of guys out there putting in work who have been here since April."
Peters can say whatever he wishes about Mathis' absence, but that won't take away from the fact that Mathis does have a point. According to Pro Football Focus, Mathis has been the best or second best guard overall in three of the last four seasons. He is currently scheduled to make just $5.5 and $6 million over the next two seasons.
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