(Editor's Note: With the offseason in full swing, the focus is now shifting to the 2016 season, where the Cowboys have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL. Not only do the Cowboys face five playoff teams but many of the top players in football. So the writers of DallasCowboys.com have ranked the Top 50 players expected to be on the field this season, including the Cowboys. Today, we continue the list with Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters.)
Name: Jason Peters
Position: Offensive Tackle
2016 vs. Cowboys:
The Cowboys and Eagles will resume their annual two-game division rivalry in Week 8 (Oct. 30) at AT&T Stadium and Week 17 (Jan. 1) in the season finale at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 64-50.
What's the Deal:
Peters has been one of the league's better left tackles for years. He's an eight-time Pro Bowler who made his third straight trip to the all-star game in 2015. Back spasms kept the 34-year-old sidelined in the Eagles' win at Dallas last November, but he has started eight games against the Cowboys since signing a $60 million contract with Philadelphia in 2009. (Peters did not play the 2012 season due to an Achilles injury.)
Peters battled injuries last season, but when healthy he has always been a challenge for the Cowboys' offensive line. Randy Gregory will have completed his four-game NFL suspension by Week 8 and figures to be a primary matchup for Peters at right defensive end. Restricted free agent signing Benson Mayowa should return in training camp from his recent knee scope and could also be part of the rotation on the right side.
The Eagles are 5-3 in games Peters has started against the Cowboys since 2009. He also started at left tackle for the Bills in the 2007 classic the Cowboys won 25-24 despite Tony Romo's five interceptions.
Bryan Broaddus Scouting Report:
- Massive offensive tackle who is getting up there in years. Has had to battle injury the last several years. Has had ankle and back problems that has sidelined him at various points of his season.
- Still shows the ability to handle the elite pass rushers that he faces on a weekly basis. Not as quick as he once was but can get to the outside, use his strength and mass to make up for that.
- Has always had lateral range. Didn't look out of place when he had to pull or kick to the outside to work against an edge rusher. Plays with upper and lower body power but not as much flex. With age he tends to be more upright with less knee bend. Back problems have hurt him in this area as well. Can sit down on a rusher if going down the middle.[embeddedad0]
- Has impressive power. Can keep rusher in position with his hands. Shows strength in them. Contact balance can be good when he doesn't become straight legged and over extended. This is when he has the most trouble blocking. Doesn't recover well from this. Body control goes away.
- Shows awareness for the twists and stunts. Can pass those off without any problems.
- Gets movement in the running game with his mass. Can handle his man one-on-one
- Still one of the better offensive tackles in the league despite his age and injury history.
The writers of DallasCowboys.com have ranked the Top 50 players expected to be on the field this season, including the Cowboys.