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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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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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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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October 16, 2014
A PREVIOUSLY released former Eagles draft pick will return to the NovaCare Complex practice fields next week, as the team yesterday re-signed interior offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde. Vandervelde, the backup center to Jason Kelce last season, takes the spot of veteran lineman Wade Smith, who was released yesterday in conjunction with the move. Vandervelde, 6-2, 300 pounds, can play both center and guard. A fifth-round draft pick in 2011, Vandervelde was on the Eagles roster as recently as late August, when he was waived with an injury settlement.
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December 15, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Buffalo Bills can still claim they won their offseason trade with the Eagles. If they'd like to declare that they have the better of the high-profile running backs that changed teams in the offseason, they can do that, too. What the Bills could not claim Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field was a victory, and the searing pain that loss caused temperamental LeSean McCoy was confirmed by one final whiny sprint through the tunnel to the visitors' locker...
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February 4, 2016 | By Zach Berman, Staff Writer
The Eagles continued a commitment to locking up their young talent to long-term deals on Tuesday night when they agreed to a five-year contract with defensive end Vinny Curry that could keep him in Philadelphia through 2020. The deal will pay Curry $46.25 million with $23 million guaranteed, according to a league source. Curry was set to become a free agent next month, so this deal ensures the 27-year-old, 2012 second-round pick is off the open market. He will discuss the new deal during a news conference on Wednesday.
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December 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Just as he was winning back the fans, DeMarco Murray's season of frustration was summed up in one botched pitch. One series after igniting the crowd by scoring his first touchdown since Nov. 8, Murray saw the ball and eventually the NFC East slip through his hands during Saturday's 38-24 loss to the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. That clinched the NFC East for the Redskins (8-7), while the Eagles (6-9) will have plenty of time to answer the many offseason questions.
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December 28, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
What moment reddened your face first? Which one set you screaming loudest and longest? What did the Eagles do Saturday night to deliver unto you the greatest amount of torment? Was it the sight of Zach Ertz breaking open after a broken coverage by the Washington Redskins' secondary, nothing but a vast strip of green between him and a go-ahead touchdown, and the football sailing beyond his outstretched left hand because of a Sam Bradford overthrow? Was it Riley Cooper's failure to hold on to a deep and perfect Bradford pass early in the third quarter, and Cooper's subsequent tantrum on the sideline?
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December 24, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
AS EXPECTED, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the first such honor in Cox's four-year Eagles career. Darren Sproles made it for the second year in a row as a returner, and left tackle Jason Peters was tabbed for the eighth time, his sixth as an Eagle. A source with knowledge of the situation said safety Malcolm Jenkins, center Jason Kelce and special teams ace Chris Maragos will be alternates. "It feels great. It feels really great," Cox said in quotes released by the team.
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December 21, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Lane Johnson has played every one of the Eagles' offensive snaps this season, all 947. He is not the only player on the offensive line, let alone on the team, to do this. Jason Kelce, the center, has done it. Allen Barbre, the left guard, has done it. But because Jason Peters has missed two entire games and parts of three others with various injuries, Johnson has had it a little harder than either Kelce or Barbre. He has ricocheted from right tackle to left tackle and back again.
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December 18, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
WE'RE GOING to find out a few things about how much the Eagles have really improved over the past few weeks, when they host the 11-2 Arizona Cardinals Sunday night. One of the questions to be answered is how Sam Bradford and the offense will stack up against a dominant, fourth-ranked defense that blitzes more than any other group in the NFL. "I think they're right at about 50 percent," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said this week. Actually, the figure is 46.9 percent, according to STATS.
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December 15, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The great Week of the Disgruntled Running Backs came to an end on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field, and, as far as we know, the proceedings didn't do anything to smooth things over in that department. DeMarco Murray, who is dissatisfied with his cog-in-the-wheel role for the Eagles, didn't start the game for the second straight week and got fewer touches than a guy who had missed the previous three games with a concussion. His thoughts on that? Hard to say. His stuff was cleared out when the locker room door opened.
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December 15, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE BEST WAY to shut Shady up? Beat Shady up. LeSean McCoy's departure from Philadelphia spurred him to accuse coach/general manager Chip Kelly of racism. Given several chances, McCoy stood by his statements. Not only did he spew vitriol during the week in Buffalo, McCoy also represented the Bills in the weekly conference call, a task usually assigned to the quarterback. He called in to two local radio shows - unprecedented behavior for a player in McCoy's position. He went out of his way to let it be known that Kelly did him dirty, and he couldn't wait to exact revenge.
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December 15, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The Buffalo Bills can still claim they won their offseason trade with the Eagles. If they'd like to declare that they have the better of the high-profile running backs that changed teams in the offseason, they can do that, too. What the Bills could not claim Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field was a victory, and the searing pain that loss caused temperamental LeSean McCoy was confirmed by one final whiny sprint through the tunnel to the visitors' locker...
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December 8, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - With his team in the midst of a monstrous free fall that would have rendered the season meaningless in a more competent division, Chip Kelly tried something a little different during the Eagles' Saturday night meeting at the team hotel in Providence, R.I. And given the Eagles' stunning 35-28 victory over the Patriots on Sunday, you'd have to say it worked. The head coach's intention was to restore confidence and remind his players that they have the ability to win at a time when the season was on the brink of being lost.
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