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May 29, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
MISSING THE playoffs last year wasn't such a bad thing, Jason Kelce said. Wait, what? "This might [tick] off a few people, but when we started off 9-3 . . . [but] we got lucky quite a few times to win games that we probably shouldn't have been in," the Eagles veteran center said. "I think that ending the season the way we did - didn't make the playoffs - in hindsight is almost a good thing because it forced the coaches and the organization to reevaluate what we had. Guys all of the sudden that were on the bubble, [coaches now knew]
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December 26, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's more to Jason Kelce than just the beard, the lockerroom availability, and the leadership skills that Chip Kelly has spoken so glowingly about since nearly the first day he arrived. The Eagles center is actually very good at his chosen profession. Kelce can say all the right things and set the perfect example for his teammates, but if he can't block at a high level, then the message loses some of its patina. "That's always, I think, the biggest thing," Kelly said earlier this week. "A lot of people can talk about it, but you have to be able to do it. He does it every day. I've always felt that you know you have a really good team when your best players are your hardest workers.
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September 25, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, INQUIRER SPORTS WRITER
After maybe the worst game of his career, Jason Kelce went up to Chip Kelly and apologized. This was two years ago, after the Eagles' first meeting with the New York Giants, when Kelce kept getting beat by slanting and stunting linemen on inside zone run plays. They won that day, so perhaps the victory affected the response, but Kelly's message to his center was clear: It happens, we need you, now let's get back to work and get it right. The Eagles had a mid-season lull, the low point coming in the second game against the Giants, but Kelce had rebounded and played at a Pro Bowl level the rest of the way. He wouldn't earn an invite to the all-star game until a year later, but Kelce had solidified himself as one of the best centers in the NFL and an offensive cog and leader Kelly could depend upon.
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October 8, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
IT'S OFTEN been said that the only time people really notice offensive linemen is when they screw up. Four games into a season that is just one more loss away from being placed on life support, everyone is noticing the Eagles' offensive line. Their poor play in the first quarter of the season is at the heart of what's wrong with the Eagles' offense. "The only reason we're losing football games right now is because of offensive mistakes, penalties and us not being able to run-block well," center Jason Kelce said yesterday.
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September 20, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles placed center Jason Kelce on season-ending injured reserve after arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday revealed a significant tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "It was torn enough and in the wrong area of the ligament that they felt that they were going to have to fix his ACL," Eagles head trainer Rick Burkholder said during a conference call. Kelce, 24, will have surgery in three or four weeks and face a recovery time of approximately 10 months, Burkholder said.
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September 24, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRENT CELEK and Jason Kelce are Chip Kelly guys. They've embraced the training methods, the pace, the ideas about spreading the field. They've defended Kelly after losing friends to the coach's personnel/culture dictates. Kelly makes no secret of their importance to his offense's blocking game and to his locker-room culture. The veteran tight end and the savvy center are the rocks upon which Kelly has built his vision of the Eagles, or at least, they are among the handful of broadest bricks at the base of the pile.
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August 14, 2011
Rookie center Jason Kelce was drafted by the Eagles in the sixth round. A story in Saturday's Inquirer reported his being drafted in two different rounds.
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August 16, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Two summers ago, Allen Barbre spent the entire training camp playing right tackle on the Eagles' first-team offensive line. Lane Johnson was scheduled to miss the first four games because of a suspension, and the coaching staff prepared Barbre to replace him. Two summers later, Barbre had been trying to keep his starting left guard spot for the second straight season. But after the news broke about Johnson's looming 10-game suspension, Barbre is back at right tackle as Johnson's replacement like he was in 2014.
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January 6, 2012
Eagles center Jason Kelce, a rookie standout, will not need surgery on the foot he injured last Sunday against the Redskins, an Eagles spokesman said. He said the injury is a mid-foot sprain and not the more serious lisfranc sprain. On another front, a league source confirmed that Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson is expected to interview for NFL general manager openings, in Indianapolis, St. Louis, and possibly Chicago. Grigson, who turns 40 next month, has spent 9 years with the Eagles, starting out as a scout.
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September 9, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The state of the Eagles' offensive line can be understood by looking at who starts at left tackle. Jason Peters, a 34-year-old, 13-year veteran who might one day give an induction speech at the Hall of Fame, is still protecting the quarterback's blind side. Even though that quarterback will be a rookie, Peters' presence suggests the line is built for this season. When factoring in left guard Allen Barbre, center Jason Kelce, right guard Brandon Brooks, and right tackle Lane Johnson, the Eagles are not waiting for 2018 with this group.
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September 22, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Carson Wentz gave a look of frustration and arched his back before popping up and slapping his hands. The Eagles quarterback had just stared down the barrel of the blitzing Jerrell Freeman and delivered a BB to Brent Celek for a 19-yard gain. He took a tremendous shot. But the effort was all for naught. Eagles center Jason Kelce was called for holding and the pass was negated. Wentz had every reason to be upset, but in retrospect he probably wouldn't have been as demonstrative when he learned of Kelce's penalty.
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September 21, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CHICAGO - Alshon Jeffery stopped for a moment, then he went. Jalen Mills stayed, just for a moment. But a moment, for a rookie cornerback covering an elite receiver, can feel like an eternity. And when the ball settled in the arms of the Bears' star receiver 49 yards later, the Eagles rookie flailing around his hips, it had that feeling of one of those long days that so often hounded your 2015 season. You remember? The embarrassing loss to Tampa? The embarrassing loss to Detroit a week later?
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September 21, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
CHICAGO - Unity is a difficult thing to achieve among a large group of individuals, but that's the challenge for football coaches attempting to build a team that sticks together when things aren't going well. Having a happy team is easy when the talent is all there and the wins come naturally. That's not always the case for a team that is trying to find itself, trying to figure out if it is any good or not. After two weeks, the Eagles are still a bit of a mystery team, at least as far as how this season will turn out. With Monday night's 29-14 win over the Bears, the Eagles remain undefeated, but their opponents are a combined 0-4. There was a lot to like in Soldier Field, but a lot that needs to be fixed, and much of that fixing will take time.
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September 13, 2016
THE QUESTION with Ryan Mathews isn't ability. It never has been. The 6-foot, 220-pound Eagles running back is an impressive combination of speed and power who has averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his career and has had two 1,000-yard seasons. No, the question with Mathews is, was and always has been DURability. The man the Eagles are counting on to be their workhorse running back this season has managed to play a full season just once in his six years in the NFL. He missed 10 games in 2014 with a knee injury and sat out three games last year with a concussion.
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September 9, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When Carson Wentz fractured two ribs against Tampa Bay on a hit by a third-string linebacker trying to make the roster, the right side of the Eagles offensive line was being held down – quite literally, it turned out – by rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Every quarterback is only as good as his offensive line allows him to be, so it was welcome news for Wentz this week that right tackle Lane Johnson's expected suspension won't take effect by Sunday. Even if the B sample test corroborates the A sample in the next few days, Johnson would have five days to decide whether to appeal.
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September 9, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The state of the Eagles' offensive line can be understood by looking at who starts at left tackle. Jason Peters, a 34-year-old, 13-year veteran who might one day give an induction speech at the Hall of Fame, is still protecting the quarterback's blind side. Even though that quarterback will be a rookie, Peters' presence suggests the line is built for this season. When factoring in left guard Allen Barbre, center Jason Kelce, right guard Brandon Brooks, and right tackle Lane Johnson, the Eagles are not waiting for 2018 with this group.
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September 7, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Zach Ertz's phone rang around 8 a.m. Saturday morning. It was Sam Bradford, one of the Eagles tight end's best friends on the team, and he had called to tell Ertz that he had just been traded to the Vikings. "I think I was the first person Sam called," Ertz said Monday. Ertz was one of the most vocal supporters of Bradford as the Eagles weighed whether to re-sign the quarterback during the offseason. When they did bring him back, Ertz and wide receiver Jordan Matthews flew to Oklahoma a few weeks later to work out with Bradford.
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September 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
For the first time in eight years, finding 53 players to fill the Eagles' final roster has been arduous. In the past, the trimming of players before cut-down day has seemingly left worthy candidates off the list. It is, of course, a subjective enterprise. Those Eagles teams that once appeared deep ultimately didn't meet expectations. But coach Doug Pederson's first squad does look light, particularly at running back, wide receiver, offensive line, linebacker, and in the secondary.
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August 26, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles offensive line is changing again. For the third consecutive preseason game the Eagles will start a different quintet because rookie left guard Isaac Seumalo strained his pectoral muscle and will miss Saturday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Veteran Stefen Wisniewski will start in Seumalo's place. Seumalo entered the starting lineup after news of Lane Johnson's likely suspension broke, and the team moved Allen Barbre from left guard to right tackle. Coach Doug Pederson said he would not yet "crown" Seumalo the starter for Week 1 of the regular season, and Wisniewski is approaching Saturday as his chance to win the starting job. But it might not be enough to unseat Seumalo.
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August 19, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Sam Bradford entered the preseason enthused by a clean bill of health with full clearance for the entire exhibition schedule. Bradford started the first game of the preseason for the first time since 2013, and he stayed in for a grand total of three plays. The quick hook in last Thursday's game was the result of the Eagles offense benefiting from a short field and scoring quickly. But it gave Bradford only one pass and two handoffs to celebrate. Bradford will play more Thursday night when the Eagles play the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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