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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 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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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 22, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most anticipated moment of the Eagles' preseason could come Saturday if Sam Bradford is behind center for the first offensive snap of the Eagles-Ravens game. Although coach Chip Kelly has not officially confirmed that Bradford will play and start on Saturday, Bradford said he expects to play and he has taken first-team snaps during practice throughout the week - including Friday's walk-through. Kelly was not made available for comment on Friday. Bradford's passing ability should be clear in the game.
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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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October 13, 2014 | By Jake Kaplan, Daily News Staff Writer
Veteran inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is officially questionable for tomorrow night's game against the Giants while fellow inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and running back/kick returner Chris Polk were ruled out. Ryans, who suffered a groin injury in last Sunday's Eagles win, was a limited participant in practice yesterday and Thursday. Neither Kendricks (calf), who hasn't played since Week 2, nor Polk (hamstring) participated in practice all week. The only others officially ruled out were center Jason Kelce (hernia)
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November 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The elation from six days earlier became a distant memory on Sunday, when players packed their bags in a locker room, humiliated by the worst loss since Chip Kelly became the Eagles' coach. The Green Bay Packers' 53-20 win over the Eagles escalated into a rout before halftime, and the Eagles were left swallowing an embarrassing defeat just days after what was perhaps their best performance of the season. "With the way we played today, it wouldn't have mattered if we played Oakland, who hasn't won a game yet," wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said.
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September 12, 2011
* Juqua Parker's 56-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter was the second TD of his career. He had a 55-yard interception return for a TD against San Francisco on Oct. 12, 2008. * DeSean Jackson recorded the 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career. It was only his second 100-yard game in his last nine starts. * Jason Babin had two of the Eagles' five sacks. It was the seventh multiple-sack game of his career. * Jason Kelce became the first rookie to start at center for the Eagles in a season opener since Gene Cepetelli in 1968.
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August 28, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Columnist
WITH 50 PERCENT of the preseason precincts reporting, the Daily News has declared a winner in the Eagles' starting right-guard race. Andrew Gardner has beaten out runners-up Matt Tobin and John Moffitt; Julian Vandervelde was kind of the Lindsey Graham of this race and never really was a serious candidate. And unless he gets pancaked by that Legionnaire's disease outbreak that Chip Kelly keeps referencing or steps in a rut at Lambeau Field tomorrow night and turns an ankle, he will take his place between center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson in 17 days when the Eagles open the season against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
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August 27, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT PROBABLY won't look quite this breathtaking, once the season starts and opponents really game plan for Chip Kelly's offense, and most especially, for its torrid pace. Through two weeks of the preseason, the Eagles rank first in the NFL in scoring (76 points), first in offense (444 yards per game), first in rushing (182.5 yards per game) and fourth in passing (261.5). "We've done a really good job embracing tempo this preseason. Really, for defenses, this is when tempo's going to hurt them the most," Eagles center Jason Kelce said.
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August 22, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most anticipated moment of the Eagles' preseason could come Saturday if Sam Bradford is behind center for the first offensive snap of the Eagles-Ravens game. Although coach Chip Kelly has not officially confirmed that Bradford will play and start on Saturday, Bradford said he expects to play and he has taken first-team snaps during practice throughout the week - including Friday's walk-through. Kelly was not made available for comment on Friday. Bradford's passing ability should be clear in the game.
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July 1, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
STEVE WEATHERFORD is the punter for the New York Football Giants. He's worked in radio and TV and does a lot of philanthropic work, focusing on children, health and fitness, and family. Seems like a nice man. He now also knows how to backpedal. On Friday, on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton Show," he took shots at Eagles quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford and coach Chip Kelly. "I'm the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world," he said. "I mean, who wouldn't want their daughter to date a guy like that?
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July 1, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed guard John Moffitt on Monday, adding a former NFL starter who abruptly retired in 2013 and faced drug charges while he was out of the league. Moffitt, 28, agreed to a one-year deal. The Eagles released undrafted rookie Cole Manhart to make room for Moffitt. The Seattle Seahawks drafted Moffitt in the third round in 2011. He started 15 games during his first two years in the league before he was traded to the Broncos. Moffitt played two games for Denver in 2013, then retired in midseason after losing interest in the game and worrying about his health.
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June 30, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
IT DIDN'T TAKE long for DeMarco Murray to endear himself to his new teammates. It was during the first practice of the Eagles' offseason program in late May, and Murray, the NFL's leading rusher last season as a Dallas Cowboy, didn't like the way a drill had gone. He felt like he kept zigging when he should have been zagging. Missteps like this are as common in the spring as sweat on a 300-pound lineman. That's why there is such a thing as an offseason program, which is especially valuable for newcomers like Murray on the Eagles.
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June 18, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
T.O. never would have made it to the driveway. Had Chip Kelly been the Eagles coach a decade ago, the egomaniacal receiver who arrived at training camp in 2005 determined to be a disruptive force would have been long gone before he had a chance to show off his six pack on the cement of his Moorestown McMansion. We have learned that much about Kelly, and the players who have stuck around for his third season have taken notice. "I'm definitely not surprised," center Jason Kelce said Tuesday when asked about Kelly's decision to release Evan Mathis before the two-time Pro Bowl left guard had a chance to join his teammates for this week's mandatory minicamp.
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June 18, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that he released Evan Mathis last week at the request of the Pro Bowl guard. However, Mathis said that he had not asked to be released since March and that he tried reaching out to Kelly later that month. Mathis, a 33-year-old with two years remaining on a five-year, $25.5 million deal he signed in 2012, missed the voluntary portion of the team's offseason program because of a contract dispute. Kelly did not even let him come to the mandatory portion, deciding to cut Mathis on Thursday.
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June 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The questions on the Eagles' offensive line were not supposed to include the starters on the left side, where tackle Jason Peters and guard Evan Mathis are both Pro Bowl players. But Mathis has not reported for the Eagles' offseason program and Peters is proceeding as if Allen Barbre - not Mathis - will play next to him this season. "It's Al right now and that's who we're rolling with," Peters said. "Right now, if we had to play, Al would be the starter. " Mathis, who is unhappy with his contract, would be subject to a fine if he misses the mandatory minicamp next week.
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June 2, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NO ONE seems to know when, if at all, Evan Mathis will return to the Eagles. Not coach Chip Kelly, who said on Thursday he hadn't spoken to Mathis - a two-time Pro Bowl left guard - since the offseason program started in April. Not even Jason Kelce, the Eagles' Pro Bowl center and longtime friend of Mathis. Mathis wasn't present again when the Eagles met for the start of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) last week. Mathis, who signed a 5-year, $25 million contract in 2012, has been unhappy with his deal for two years.
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