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The Philadelphia Eagles enter 2012 without All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters, arguably the game’s finest offensive lineman. Peters suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the offseason and will likely miss all of the 2012 season.
Peters will be replaced by Demetress Bell, a solid enough left tackle but certainly no Peters. Bell has played well in his three-year NFL career, although he has struggled to stay healthy himself. He will be helped though by the rest of the line, as the Eagles have a very solid crew that will help to protect Michael Vick.
Left guard Evan Mathis was the game’s best overall offensive lineman in 2011, per Pro Football Focus. Center Jason Kelce is poised for a breakout campaign, and right guard Danny Watkins is a first-round pick who showed growing pains in last year’s rookie season but should improve tremendously in 2012.
And Todd Herremans at right tackle is as solid as a rock, and he has Pro Bowl talent, which is important considering he protects Vick’s blind side. This group will be instrumental in keeping Vick on his feet for all 16 games.