Demetress Bell is here. Make sure you spell his name correctly.
The new starting left tackle changed the spelling of his first name from Demetrius to Demetress after signing a five-year deal with the Eagles. But don’t go comparing him to Chad Ochocinco.
“It was spelled ‘tress’ on my birth certificate and I had never paid attention and had been spelling it ‘trius,'” Bell said Thursday. “I just wanted to correct that and get it right, though. I fixed it now.”
Bell will replace Jason Peters (torn Achilles) just like he did in Buffalo, when Peters bolted for the Eagles. The two maintain a very close relationship, almost like an apprenticeship.
“[Peters] was one of the reasons I came here,” Bell said. “Me and him talk and we both decided this would be the best situation for me and my family.”
Bell himself is coming off a torn meniscus in his left knee and an AC shoulder sprain. In four NFL seasons, he’s only played in 31 games.
However, the 27-year-old was given a clean bill of health on Jan. 15 and doesn’t foresee any problems. He’s anxious to learn Howard Mudd’s unique zone-blocking technique.
“I’m ready to roll,” he said. “I think me and coach Mudd go hand-in-hand as far as a coach and player, and player and coach.”
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