Saturday, July 4, 2015

Peters, Mathis and Kelce practice with projected starting o-line

The Eagles had what many would consider to be their first projected starting offensive line for most of practice as minicamp opened.

Peters, Mathis and Kelce practice with projected starting o-line

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Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis (left), Jason Peters (center) and Todd Herremans (right). (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis (left), Jason Peters (center) and Todd Herremans (right). (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

The Eagles had what many would consider to be their first projected starting offensive line for most of practice as minicamp opened.

Center Jason Kelce and left guard Evan Mathis have been returning from surgeries and weren't expected to be ready before the end of the spring, but both were essentially full participants on Tuesday.

"I was told when I got here that they were going to try and get them ready for the minicamps," coach Chip Kelly said. "And those guys have done a great job from a rehab standpoint. It's good to get them back and get them some reps."

Kelce tore his ACL and MCL last season. He has been involved in various parts of practice this spring, but Tuesday was the first time he was able to go for team drills.

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"It felt awesome," Kelce said. "I haven't played football really against a defense in eight months. Not only that, but it felt good to have all the guys there that are projected to be there."

Left tackle Jason Peters was present after missing the last two weeks of OTAs to tend to a personal issue. He is also returning from an injury, having ruptured his Achilles tendon last March.

"He can move," Mathis said of Peters. "He didn't lose a step at all."

Todd Herremans, who suffered a season-ending foot injury last November, was at right guard, where he was been most of the spring. And top draft pick Lane Johnson was at right tackle. The rookie was there when Peters was absent, but this was his first chance to play with the projected starting line.

Kelly, as he has said all spring, reiterated that not much should be gleaned from which players have been running with which teams.

"Can I make this the last time I have to say this," Kelly said. "I don't care who was in."

In other injury news, safety Kenny Phillips participated in practice. He missed some OTAs to rest his knee. Linebacker Chris McCoy (knee) was also back at practice, Kelly said.

Tight end James Casey, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last month, did not practice.

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