The Jason Peters interview
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Before leaving Eagles camp Tuesday, I had a chance to visit with new left tackle Jason Peters. We talked about some of the differences between the Bills and Eagles organizations. Here's a portion of the interview to read while I'm out watching the Giants practice:
Mosley: What's the biggest difference from Buffalo in terms of your blocking assignments?
Peters: The pass sets are different. I was used to setting up at an angle in Buffalo. In [the West Coast offense], I have to sit back and wait a little bit more. I'm not going to lie to you, it's been pretty tough at times.
Mosley: I know you played against the NFC East teams when you were in Buffalo. How would you rank the pass-rushers in the division?
Peters: [DeMarcus] Ware's the best and then Osi [Umenyiora]. Then I'd probably say [Andre] Carter. But I know Justin Tuck has come on pretty strong lately, too. When I went against Ware a couple years ago, I don't think he had any sacks.
Mosley: How difficult is it to develop continuity when guys are banged up on the offensive line?
Peters: It's not as hard as everyone makes it out to be. You just have the next guy in line ready to go. You take care of yourself as an individual and then eventually everything will come together.
Mosley: How big is the difference between playing for the Bills and now playing for the Eagles?
Peters: It's night and day. In Buffalo, not having a chance to get in the playoffs was pretty rough. You might get off to a strong start, but then you lose four or five in a row and you're out of it. And then I was trying to get a contract done. If you're human, that's going to affect you. Sometimes I'd be thinking about it too much. Now, I've got a chance to go to the Super Bowl. The work ethic is stronger here. There's a lot more running and conditioning. That first minicamp was a wakeup call for me. I think we ran something like 16 100-yard sprints. We didn't do that in Buffalo.
Mosley: Just from looking at the stats last season, you gave up some sacks and had too many penalties. How do you explain that?
Peters: Hey, I was in Hawaii [at the Pro Bowl]. Players know, coaches know. A lot of times guys go up against me and get embarrassed. I can't win them all, though. I'm not perfect.
Mosley: What are your personal goals?
Peters: I see myself as a top-five left tackle in this league. I would like to be the best, though. My first goal, though, is to help us get to the playoffs. Then it's the Super Bowl and another trip to Hawaii would be nice.
Mosley: Were there any players you tried to emulate as a young offensive tackle?
Peters: Walter Jones and Anthony Munoz. I just loved how Munoz was so aggressive, and he was excellent with his hands. My old offensive line coach in Buffalo used to coach Munoz, so he would show me film of him.
Mosley: How glad was Donovan McNabb to see you arrive?
Peters: He's been great. He came to visit me in Houston at one point. And when the trade went down, he sent me a text.
Mosley: What did it say?
Peters: "Super Bowl. Let's go get that ring."
Mosley: What's going on with Shawn Andrews? Any clue when he'll be back?
Peters: I have no clue. I hardly ever see him. But he knows how to play. When he's ready, he'll be out here.
Mosley: How much time have you spent with the playbook?
Peters: I've read it three or four times. It's two times the size of the Bills' playbook. I felt like I was a rookie again. But it's starting to seem like second nature to me at this point.
Mosley: How will Arkansas do in the SEC this season?
Peters: I haven't had time to study up on them yet. I'm sure we'll be OK.
Interview ends when Peters becomes infatuated by the Mort Bus.