May 29, 2015 |
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]
December 26, 2013 |
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.
October 8, 2015 |
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.
September 25, 2015 |
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.
September 20, 2012 |
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.
September 24, 2015 |
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.
April 7, 2016 |
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.
March 7, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.