Mudd Confident In Demetress BellBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, June 14th, 2012
The Achilles injury to Eagles’ left tackle Jason Peters may have Eagles fans distraught, but defensive coach Howard Mudd doesn’t seem concerned at all. If he had any doubts about how he would fill Peters’ vacancy at tackle, the emergence of Demetress Bell has erased them all.
“The truth of the matter is that I think Demetress has an unusual amount of athleticism,” Mudd said after practice. “I don’t anticipate changing the entire offense because we don’t have Jason Peters. We can win games with Demetress. We’re going to win games with Demetress Bell.”
Bell, a 28 year-old Louisiana native, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round in 2008. Despite a slow start to his NFL career, Bell started every game for the Bills in 2010, helping his offensive line limit multiple defenses to one sack the entire game. Although a shoulder injury forced Bell to miss nine games last season, the Bills were 4-2 in the six games that the former basketball player started.
“He’s very athletic,” Mudd said. “He’s exactly what I thought we were going to get when we signed him.”
Although no one expects Bell to compile Pro-Bowl stats in his first year with the Eagles, he does have some large shoes to fill. Jason Peters, who also played with the Buffalo Bills before coming to Philadelphia, is a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro selection. With what will probably be a season-ending Achilles injury for Peters, Bell has a lot to learn for the upcoming season. Teammate Evan Mathis had some positive comments about Bell’s progression as an Eagle.
“Demetress has done a tremendous job of getting the game plan down, getting the playbook memorized,” Mathis said. “He’s a tremendous communicator on the field. He shows the passion, the desire to want to do this, to be one of the best. It’s been a pleasure working with him.”
I’m not sure what to expect from Bell, but if Howard Mudd believes in him then I trust his judgment. Hopefully the former Bill will be a great addition to the Eagles offensive line, helping to protect the all important piece to the Eagles offense.
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