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Peters, McNabb and ex-Eagles

On Friday, Jason Peters was named to the AP All-Pro first team for the first time in his career.

Peters, McNabb and ex-Eagles

Jason Peters was named to the AP All-Pro first team. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
Jason Peters was named to the AP All-Pro first team. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

On Friday, Jason Peters was named to the AP All-Pro first team for the first time in his career.

Peters was dominant and consistent in the run game throughout the season and kept some of the best defensive ends in the league away from Michael Vick.

According to Football Outsiders, Peters allowed just one sack all season (to Jason Taylor). Pro Football Focus has that number at three. But either way, he held up well in pass protection all season under Howard Mudd.

Then there's the issue of penalties. Peters was called for 10 penalties in his first season with the Eagles, drawing the ire of many fans. Last season, he reduced that number to seven. And according to PFF, it was seven again this season. Their numbers show that 22 offensive tackles had more penalties than Peters in 2011, and 31 other tackles had at least seven.

In other words, Peters was above average in that category also.

McNABB ON TV

Donovan McNabb will be a guest analyst on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown tomorrow. We've known for years that McNabb was looking to pursue a career in TV after his playing days were over.

And that time may have very well arrived.

McNabb was released by the Vikings in early December, but apparently no team wanted to sign him for the final stretch of the season. He turned 35 in November. In six starts with the Vikings, McNabb completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,026 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Minnesota was just 1-5 in those games before handing the offense over to rookie Christian Ponder.

We'll find out this offseason if any team takes on McNabb as a backup in 2012.

CHECKING IN ON EX-EAGLES

I've seen quite a few ex-Eagles pop up in various articles/lists in recent weeks.

For example, according to Football Outsiders' charting numbers, Dimitri Patterson had an outstanding season with the Browns. His 67 percent success rate was seventh in the NFL among cornerbacks who were targeted at least 28 times.

Chris Sprow put out a list on ESPN.com of the best players per dollar at each position. One of his defensive ends was Chris Clemons, and his outside linebacker was Antwan Barnes.

Clemons has had 11 sacks in each of the past two seasons with the Seahawks. In two seasons with the Eagles (2008-2009), he had seven. The Birds traded Clemons and a fourth-round pick to Seattle for Darryl Tapp.

Barnes only played a couple games with the Eagles back in 2010 before he was released. With the Chargers, he had 11 sacks this season.


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