By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As the Eagles kicked off another week of OTAs, their starting left tackle was nowhere to be found.
Jason Peters was not in South Philadelphia for the team’s workout on Tuesday. This OTA is not mandatory, but virtually all of Peters’ teammates were in attendance. Head Coach Chip Kelly said he knows where Peters is and expects him to arrive shortly. He also said Peters’ absence is not injury-related.
The absence of Peters gave first round draft pick Lane Johnson a chance to work with the team’s top offensive unit.
“I just came out here today and went out with the ones,” said Johnson. “I didn’t really have too much to think about it. I just went out there and played.”
Despite a steady downpour, Kelly elected to have the Eagles practice outdoors. The players were forced to adjust to the elements, which often made gripping the football difficult for the quarterbacks. Rookie Matt Barkley said he was prepared for a difficult morning.
“That’s almost the worst part about the downpour,” Barkley said. “The ball gets dry and then it gets a little bit of wetness on it. When it’s all wet, everything is wet because you’re anticipating it. I felt fine out there.”
All of the Eagles quarterbacks had their share of good and bad moments during the workout. With training camp now less than two months away, many are still wondering who will emerge as the team’s starting quarterback. Kelly said he is in no hurry to make a decision.
“You have to make a really important decision,” said Kelly. “Why should we jump to conclusions? Why do we need to name a starting quarterback in May?”
The workouts will continue through Friday. A mandatory mini-camp is scheduled for next week.