- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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If Michael Vick is going to flourish as Chip Kelly's starting quarterback, his offensive line is going to have much to do with that. Forty percent of that unit -- left tackle Jason Peters and left guard Evan Mathis -- appeared in the latest update from the #NFLRank project.
Peters, whose absence last season after an Achilles tear created a domino effect along the line, came in as the No. 81 rated offensive player. Mathis, the only starter who remained healthy for the entire 4-12 season, was ranked No. 88 by ESPN's panel of experts.
Having Peters, center Jason Kelce and guard Todd Herremans back and healthy is a major reason for optimism in Philadelphia. Before tearing the same Achilles tendon twice, Peters was considered arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. He has looked like that again, despite some nagging injuries in camp.
"You know, he's physically unique," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. "He's an outstanding athlete and he's very strong and he's very broad and he moves his feet extremely well and I think those are all reasons why he has a chance to be dominant when we get him out there."