August 13, 2009

Peters returns to the practice fields

Several injured players returned to the football practice fields on Thursday afternoon at Georgia Tech as the Jackets near the end of camp and get ready for preparations for the Jacksonville State game. One of the players returning to action was starting defensive tackle Jason Peters.

Peters missed several practices because of extreme dehydration, which is a problem he has been battling all his life.

"I just got a little dehydrated and I have always had problems with that since I was a little kid. I have to do a better job of keeping myself hydrated with fluids," he said. "I need to keep myself from that point where I am going to fall out. I need to make sure I communicate with the coaches and the team trainers, so I keep my health up."

After practice Thursday, Peters said he feels great and he was happy to be back on the field.

"I feel good and I am ready to go. I am just taking it one day at a time with this heat," Peters said. "I just have to be careful. I felt pretty good today and I was well rested. My legs were under me and everything went really well."

Peters lost almost ten pounds over the course of a couple of days, which alarmed the coaching staff that constantly checks the players' weights during any training periods.

"My weight went down considerably," Peters said. "Now I am starting to gain it all back. I got down to about 258, but now I am heading back toward my goal weight of 275. Basically I lost a lot of water weight especially in these temperatures in full pads."

Peters lined up alongside T.J. Barnes as the starting defensive tackles, while Ben Anderson watched from the sidelines in a red jersey.

Quarterback competition

Backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw also returned to full practice leading the second team offense on Thursday afternoon.

"Jaybo is sharp and he understands what we are doing," head coach Paul Johnson said. "It is good to have him out there.

Fourth string quarterback David Sims left Coach Johnson unimpressed when he walked off the field during sprints at the end of practice. Johnson was not pleased when he was asked about Sims' development at quarterback.

"David Sims can't finish a drill at the end, so we will see," Johnson said.

Overall, Coach Johnson says the effort has not been good the last few days of practice and the team is acting like they are better than they are.

"It was a little lackadaisical out there and they need to play with a little more effort," Johnson said. "We got the crap beat out of us the last game we played, so you would think we would remember that. We walk around like we have done something. We have not done crap."

Jackson update

Linebacker Kyle Jackson who has been sidelined since the last week of spring practice will undergo a new procedure on Monday morning aimed to alleviate the pain in his foot cause by his lisfranc injury. Jackson has been in a protective boot for several months and is still in constant pain.

"On Monday I will be able to tell you exactly what they are doing, but I am getting it done at Monday at 8 here in Atlanta," Jackson said. "It is some kind of new procedure that is catching on. Hopefully I will get a chance to come back this year."

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