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Demetress Bell calls Jason Peters “like a big brother”

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Demetress Bell signed with the Eagles to be their new starting left tackle after their old staring left tackle, Jason Peters, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. For Bell, that means the opportunity to sign with the Eagles came at the expense of someone he considers a dear friend.

Bell and Peters were teammates in Buffalo during Bell’s rookie year, and he said today that Peters served as his mentor.

“Jason was like a big brother,” Bell said. “Jason took me in, showed me the dos and don’ts, and me and him have a good relationship because of that.”

After Peters got hurt and likely lost for the season, Bell said the two of them talked and he’s delighted that he can help the Eagles in Peters’ absence.

“He was one of the reasons I came here,” Bell said. “He told me whatever I need, just come to him. Me and Jason is real close. I’m sure whatever I need, whatever I want, I’ll just talk to him. I don’t think I’m trying to fill his shoes, I think I’m trying to do my own thing, but as far as taking over that position and doing what I have to do, of course, I’ve got [offensive line coach Howard Mudd] and a five-time Pro Bowler [Peters], what other coaching do I need?”

Of course, a year from now, once Peters is healthy, Bell and Peters may become competitors for the starting left tackle position in Philadelphia, and one of them could lose his job to the other one. Bell says that won’t be a problem.

“I’m sure it won’t be awkward at all,” Bell said. “This is a business, I understand that and I know he understands that. Whatever happens . . . I’m sure we’ll be friends at the end of the day.”

Bell also cleared up the spelling of his first name. Although he had previously been listed by the Bills and the NFL as “Demetrius Bell,” Bell said “Demetress” is on his birth certificate and he pronounces his name “duh-ME-tress.” He said he took the opportunity of having a new team to let everyone know the correct spelling and pronunciation of his name.

Some reporters wrote that Bell had changed his name, and Bell joked with them, “You all are making me feel like Chad Ochocinco.”

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33 Responses to “Demetress Bell calls Jason Peters “like a big brother””
  1. bathroombenlovemachine says: Apr 5, 2012 10:55 AM

    Is Karl Malone also Jason Peters’ dad?

  2. souljalb says: Apr 5, 2012 10:56 AM

    I like this dude already!

  3. cardiovascularendurance says: Apr 5, 2012 10:58 AM

    Once Peters is healthy, the Eagles will just trade Bell to AZ for a couple first round picks.

  4. tombrookshire says: Apr 5, 2012 11:00 AM

    Move Bell to the right side next year, Herremans back to L guard and you instantly have the most dominant O line in football, if Bell and Peters can stay healthy that is.

  5. jenniferxxx says: Apr 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    Easily the best OL in football … perhaps best of all time.

  6. mindcrime401 says: Apr 5, 2012 11:07 AM

    Good for Eagles fans for being excited about a new FA signing, but you’re expectations that D-Bell is an elite tackle are wayyyy off base. Take it from a Bills fan, when healthy, he is nothing more than an average tackle without dynamic footwork and little spring off the LOS. We thank him for trying in his few years in Buffalo, but there’s a reason he wasn’t offered the kind of money he thinks he’s worth – the Bills still saw LT as a glaring hole even with him there and are ready to move on. He would have been backing up pick #10 this season had he re-signed. Good luck, D-Bell.

  7. cjca84 says: Apr 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    Move Bell to the right side next year, Herremans back to L guard and you instantly have the most dominant O line in football, if Bell and Peters can stay healthy that is.

    And what should we do with the left guard we just signed for 5 years?

    Typical Eagles fans…clueless.

  8. sledgehorn says: Apr 5, 2012 11:12 AM

    Last time an Eagles LT changed his first name he turned out awesome.
    Last time a former Bill LT came to the Eagles he turned out awesome.
    If Bell is anywhere close to Peters or Thomas, I’ll be ecstatic.

  9. woodyg says: Apr 5, 2012 11:13 AM

    “Me and Jason is real close. ”

    Another college educated football player who can’t speak simple English.

  10. daviericky says: Apr 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    Don’t get me wrong, I love this pickup for a team that was in need of a starting caliber LT… But how did this guy suddenly become an All Pro in most people’s eyes? And why are people saying the eagles have the best o-line in the league… I really don’t get it.

  11. bathroombenlovemachine says: Apr 5, 2012 11:24 AM

    Demetress Bell just thinks new team mate DeSean Jackson is sooooooo cute. He wants to be a Sandusky like mentor to DeSean. I think it’s shower time in the Eagles training room.

  12. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 5, 2012 11:31 AM

    He’s more like Visanthe Shiancoe, who changed the pronunciation of his name on a weekly basis.

  13. dlonce says: Apr 5, 2012 12:25 PM

    “bathroombenlovemachine says:
    Apr 5, 2012 10:55 AM
    Is Karl Malone also Jason Peters’ dad?”

    Why the 7 thumbs down? That’s a true statement. Karl Malone is his Dad.

    The Eagles are getting no one special here. He’s an average LT. I guess you could have done worse and maybe DB is ready to take the jump to the next level.

    Good luck

  14. birdzflyinhigh says: Apr 5, 2012 12:42 PM

    He might not be an All-Pro, but don’t discount what Howard Mudd is capable of doing with quality linemen. He brings out the best of what he’s working with (Peters and Mathis are prime examples). In a year, if Peters returns healthy, Bell or Peters can switch to the right side given Mike Vick is a lefty so his right side is his blind side. Herremans can move over to RG, which is a more natural position for him anyway) and then yes, people aren’t crazy for saying the Eagles could possibly have the best oline in the league.

  15. marlondagr8 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:52 PM

    #winning

  16. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    jenniferxxx,

    Did your daddy beat you as a little girl? If so, is he an Eagles fan?

  17. marvsleezy says: Apr 5, 2012 12:58 PM

    Mark my words, the chances of D Bell and J Peters being healthy at the same time are slim to none. They will never be on the field at the same time.

  18. deathmonkey41 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:00 PM

    In addition to saying that Jason Peters was like a brother to him, he also added that Andy Reid was like the great, big fat guy next store who ran out of breath getting the mail and snored when he was awake.

  19. fnslidevick says: Apr 5, 2012 1:13 PM

    And all you Bills fans that say he is just an average left tackle, stop hating. Even if he was good (to you), you would still give him up because you guys dont keep talent. What was your excuse for giving up Peters?? Was he just average too??? YOu guys got a first rounder for him but All Pro left tackles in their prime are worth a lot more than a low 1st round pick.

  20. sketchydave says: Apr 5, 2012 1:21 PM

    As a bills fan this sucks, two players who the bills developed and finally get good show no loyalty and move on. I understand peters more cause juaron sucked, but chan and nix could of drafted tackles high each year instead of ridin the ship with bell who showed no promise under juaron. Then just bounce? Kudos for takin an opportunity, that’s a nice contact. I’m just butt hurt. #fantalk

  21. tmaleman says: Apr 5, 2012 1:31 PM

    woodyg says:
    Apr 5, 2012 11:13 AM
    “Me and Jason is real close. ”

    Another college educated football player who can’t speak simple English.

    ____________________________________

    Woody,

    I’m sure when you’re doing your public speaking, you make sure to use proper grammar, perfect pronunciation, and perfe….

    Wait, what’s that? Nobody cares what you have to say, and thus, you never have a chance to “speak simple English” to the general public?

  22. sketchydave says: Apr 5, 2012 1:31 PM

    fnslidevick says: Apr 5, 2012 1:13 PM

    And all you Bills fans that say he is just an average left tackle, stop hating. Even if he was good (to you), you would still give him up because you guys dont keep talent. What was your excuse for giving up Peters?? Was he just average too??? YOu guys got a first rounder for him but All Pro left tackles in their prime are worth a lot more than a low 1st round pick.

    Hey dude, obviously you have no clue what you’re even talking about. Not a surprise. Jason peters head was so big towards the end of his tenure in buffalo I’m surprised it fit through double doors. He was already hating it in buffalo and showed signs of not wanting to be retained so the brass got something out of him, which in turn is actually Eric wood, who is one of the top third centers. You see how many people the bills lost?? Roscoe Parrish and demetress bell. Dunce.

  23. mindcrime401 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:35 PM

    Nice work on the revisionist history, fnslidevick. 1. I don’t see where Bills fans are hating on D-Bell. He is what he is… a former 7th round draft project pick that performed like one. Bills fans are not underselling him. The guy has also been a part-timer thanks to injuries. And 2. Peters wasn’t just tossed away by the Bills because they don’t recognize talent. In 2008, he held out of OTA’s, and the entire pre-season because he wanted the Bills to tear up his contract and pay him like Walter Jones. (Dude was lucky the Bills took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent TE and had Coach McNally work with him!) By the time he showed up for the season, he was out of shape and was pathetic on the field. He forced their hand into a trade, so please spare me the Bills don’t know how to keep their players.

  24. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 5, 2012 1:42 PM

    It doesn’t matter how his first name is spelled or pronounced- it’s his jersey number that will matter. I can’t wait to hear, especially against the Giants, “False start, number 77, offense..”

  25. marlondagr8 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:49 PM

    I bet Bills fans would be saying he is a top 10 left tackle is he would have stayed… Once we get Peters back we will have trade bait or two of the best tackles on the NFL. Nobody wabt s to play for the Bills n e way but #SuperMario

  26. geo1113 says: Apr 5, 2012 1:55 PM

    birdzflyinhigh says:
    Apr 5, 2012 12:42 PM
    He might not be an All-Pro, but don’t discount what Howard Mudd is capable of doing with quality linemen. He brings out the best of what he’s working with (Peters and Mathis are prime examples). In a year, if Peters returns healthy, Bell or Peters can switch to the right side given Mike Vick is a lefty so his right side is his blind side. Herremans can move over to RG, which is a more natural position for him anyway) and then yes, people aren’t crazy for saying the Eagles could possibly have the best oline in the league.

    ———————

    I am an Eagles fan. Let’s take care of this year first.

  27. dlonce says: Apr 5, 2012 2:04 PM

    “fnslidevick says:
    Apr 5, 2012 1:13 PM
    And all you Bills fans that say he is just an average left tackle, stop hating. Even if he was good (to you), you would still give him up because you guys dont keep talent. What was your excuse for giving up Peters?? Was he just average too???

    He didn’t want to be in Buffalo. Management obliged him and we got a first round pick for him which resulted in Eric Wood. Fans are happy with Wood. You are happy with Peters, good for you.

    Bell is now where near the talent of Peters, and you are about to see why. He’s not a bad player, he’s just nothing special.

    Before spouting off, know what the situation actually was.

  28. perspective24 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:14 PM

    “bathroombenlovemachine says:
    Apr 5, 2012 10:55 AM
    Is Karl Malone also Jason Peters’ dad?”

    Why the 7 thumbs down? That’s a true statement. Karl Malone is his Dad.

    Karl Malone is demetruss bells dad…not Jason peters–

    Hence, a funny joke…..

  29. geo1113 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    perspective24 says:
    Apr 5, 2012 2:14 PM
    “bathroombenlovemachine says:
    Apr 5, 2012 10:55 AM
    Is Karl Malone also Jason Peters’ dad?”

    Why the 7 thumbs down? That’s a true statement. Karl Malone is his Dad.

    Karl Malone is demetruss bells dad…not Jason peters–

    Hence, a funny joke…..
    —————————-

    Ummmm…we got it….not funny!

  30. stercuilus65 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    jenniferxxx says: Apr 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    “Easily the best OL in football … perhaps best of all time.”
    ——————-
    Ah our favorite Eagles hater back with another lame troll. pretty weak, sand in the vag today?

  31. stercuilus65 says: Apr 5, 2012 2:48 PM

    dlonce says: Apr 5, 2012 2:04 PM

    “He didn’t want to be in Buffalo. Management obliged him and we got a first round pick for him which resulted in Eric Wood. Fans are happy with Wood. You are happy with Peters, good for you.

    Bell is now where near the talent of Peters, and you are about to see why. He’s not a bad player, he’s just nothing special.”
    ———————-
    Funny all we heard about Peters was how he was nothing special and a team cancer and we see how that worked out. Maybe playing in Buffalo just drags a player down…

  32. birdzflyinhigh says: Apr 5, 2012 2:50 PM

    geo1113 says:
    Apr 5, 2012 1:55 PM
    birdzflyinhigh says:
    Apr 5, 2012 12:42 PM
    He might not be an All-Pro, but don’t discount what Howard Mudd is capable of doing with quality linemen. He brings out the best of what he’s working with (Peters and Mathis are prime examples). In a year, if Peters returns healthy, Bell or Peters can switch to the right side given Mike Vick is a lefty so his right side is his blind side. Herremans can move over to RG, which is a more natural position for him anyway) and then yes, people aren’t crazy for saying the Eagles could possibly have the best oline in the league.

    ———————

    I am an Eagles fan. Let’s take care of this year first.

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    I am an Eagles fan too, but I am defending a solid move that even has an out clause after this year. Of course the focus is this year because after it Vick might not even be our qb, but if bell plays well and he and peters are simultaneously healthy, we can have a very good oline for a few years to come

  33. fnslidevick says: Apr 5, 2012 3:11 PM

    @sketchy dave

    His head was too big or he felt like he deserved to play for a real franchise. A winning franchise! We havent had a problem with him over here. Except for him making the usualy pro bowl, being an all pro, being the best left tackle in the league. Good pick up for us!!!!

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