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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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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 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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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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April 7, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Stefen Wisniewski entered free agency expecting to find a long-term deal. When the market wasn't what he hoped, Wisniewski instead looked for a one-year deal that would give him the best opportunity to play. That's why he's now an Eagle. Wisniewski, 27, has been a starter in all five of his NFL seasons. He began as a left guard before playing center the last four years. The Eagles could have a starting spot available at left guard. "I've always been a starter," Wisniewski said.
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March 7, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
It's been seven years since the Eagles were active participants in the high-priced, free-agent offensive line market. They initially signed Stacy Andrews in the 2009 offseason, and while Jason Peters wasn't technically a free agent, the veteran tackle came in a trade. The Eagles were attempting to replace tackle cornerstones Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan on the fly, and while Peters ultimately became one of the team's better acquisitions over the last decade, Andrews, like his brother Shawn, flamed out. Now, the Eagles face a similar, though not as drastic, predicament on the line.
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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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April 6, 2016
AFTER MONDAY'S signing of offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year contract, the Eagles can go into the draft unburdened - they don't necessarily have to come up with an immediate starter at any position. That doesn't mean there aren't positions where a star-level rookie could dramatically improve the talent level and start ahead of a veteran. But as the offseason workout program began Monday, giving new coach Doug Pederson his first chance to gather his entire squad, there were no obvious, gaping holes, no positions where the Eagles couldn't say they had at least an average NFL starter.
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April 27, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Offensive linemen are not, by nature, complainers. The role they chose on a football field or, more likely, the role that chose them is a sentence to a silent, grinding existence. It isn't fun, but, really, no one wants to hear it. Lane Johnson, who grew up in the little crossroads town of Groveton, Texas, and graduated Groveton High School with 34 other classmates, doesn't expect playing tackle in the NFL to be easy. When your first job back home was digging graves for $8 an hour, you don't expect very much to be easy.
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April 26, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
JASON PETERS is, without question, one of the best offensive tackles of his era. There is Peters and there is Walter Jones and then there is everyone else. And everyone else includes Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace and Willie Roaf, who, like Jones, happen to have bronze busts in Canton. Five years after he retires and becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame, I will passionately lobby my fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors to put Peters into Canton in his first year of eligibility.
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April 26, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
I'VE BEEN PORING over the Eagles stories from early March, trying to find the place where Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson promised Sam Bradford he would be their quarterback forever, after signing him to a two-year, $35 million contract that everyone pointed out could really be a one-year contract, if 2016 didn't go well. Still haven't found those quotes. In fact, I'm pretty sure all of us who cover the team noted prominently that the structure and term of the deal in no way precluded the Eagles from drafting a franchise QB this coming Thursday.
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April 7, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Stefen Wisniewski entered free agency expecting to find a long-term deal. When the market wasn't what he hoped, Wisniewski instead looked for a one-year deal that would give him the best opportunity to play. That's why he's now an Eagle. Wisniewski, 27, has been a starter in all five of his NFL seasons. He began as a left guard before playing center the last four years. The Eagles could have a starting spot available at left guard. "I've always been a starter," Wisniewski said.
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April 6, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles signed offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year deal on Monday. The addition upgrades the team's offensive line and might even provide a starter at left guard. Matt Tobin also signed his restricted free-agent tender on Monday, bringing him back onto the roster for the start of the team's offseason program. Wisniewski, 27, was a second-round pick in 2011 out of Penn State who has started all 77 games in a five-year career with the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.
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March 25, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Eagles coach was not the biggest attraction on the Wednesday morning of the NFL meetings for a change. There were no one-liners coming from Doug Pederson's table at the annual NFC coaches breakfast, and there were no controversies for him to quash. The new era of the Eagles was most evident in the relative lack of attention that came Pederson's way - at least compared to Chip Kelly. Pederson is two months into the job and two weeks away from bringing his team together for the first time on April 4. The roster has been reconstructed during the offseason, but the biggest change is on the sideline, where Pederson replaces Kelly and will introduce new schemes.
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March 13, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
REPORTERS OFTEN ask athletes coming to Philadelphia what they know about the city. Cheesesteaks, Rocky Balboa, the tribulations visited upon Santa at a long-ago Eagles game - these tend to be among the responses. Brandon Brooks volunteered that this is the site of the nation's first bank. Indeed, it is, established by Alexander Hamilton in 1791, still standing right there on 3rd Street, a few blocks down from the Liberty Bell, if Brandon would like to visit, now that he's here for five years and $40 million, $21 million guaranteed, to start at right guard for the Eagles.
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March 7, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Staff Writer
It's been seven years since the Eagles were active participants in the high-priced, free-agent offensive line market. They initially signed Stacy Andrews in the 2009 offseason, and while Jason Peters wasn't technically a free agent, the veteran tackle came in a trade. The Eagles were attempting to replace tackle cornerstones Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan on the fly, and while Peters ultimately became one of the team's better acquisitions over the last decade, Andrews, like his brother Shawn, flamed out. Now, the Eagles face a similar, though not as drastic, predicament on the line.
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March 6, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
THE EAGLES had two restricted free-agent offensive linemen heading into next week's start of free agency, and there was action on both fronts Friday. Matt Tobin, 25, the starting right guard last season, was given the lowest possible tender. He will make $1.67 million on a one-year deal, should he make the team. Another team is free to make a better offer, but the Eagles retain the right to match. Backup center David Molk, who missed all but last season's opener with a biceps tear, announced he was retiring.
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