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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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July 28, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
IF YOU'RE one of the five or six people in Philly who still need convincing that this is a football town, consider rookie running back Wendell Smallwood's trip to South Street last Saturday. Smallwood, a fifth-round pick in the draft, was on his way to Lorenzo's to pick up a pizza when, lo and behold, he was recognized by a group of Eagles fans. Now, keep in mind that we're not talking about Carson Wentz or Jason Kelce or Jordan Matthews. We're talking about a 5-10, 208-pound guy who was the 153rd pick in the draft and has yet to play in a game.
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October 23, 2015 | David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
YOU ARE going to hear a lot about Cam Newton over the next few days, but the best player on the Carolina Panthers lines up on the opposite side of the ball, so if you are going to spend your weekend worrying about ways the Eagles can lose on Sunday night, start with Luke Kuechly. He wears No. 59, and here is why he matters: Remember in Week 2, when the Eagles' offense looked incapable of moving the ball up and down the field against the Cowboys? If not, go down to your local playground and watch a toddler try to run. It won't be a perfect approximation, but it will be close.
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September 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ATLANTA – Wasn't it hilarious Sunday night, watching the Giants and Cowboys outblunder each other? Nearly fell off the couch laughing, didn't you? That would be the same couch you tried to heave through the living room window at halftime last night, with the Eagles – so obviously the cream of the NFC East, until they actually had to go out and play -- fortunate to be down "only" 17 points in what became a 26-24 season-opening loss to the host Atlanta Falcons, who began the evening as slight underdogs.
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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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August 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Columnist
Stefen Wisniewski has started in every NFL game of his career, so the opportunity to work alongside the Eagles' first team offensive line this past week hasn't been unfamiliar. But with starting right guard Brandon Brooks expected to return to the lineup later this week, Wisniewski's midnight hour is fast approaching. Soon he won't be tandem blocking with center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson, nor will he be facing defensive tackles as talented as Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan.
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July 28, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Staff Writer
IF YOU'RE one of the five or six people in Philly who still need convincing that this is a football town, consider rookie running back Wendell Smallwood's trip to South Street last Saturday. Smallwood, a fifth-round pick in the draft, was on his way to Lorenzo's to pick up a pizza when, lo and behold, he was recognized by a group of Eagles fans. Now, keep in mind that we're not talking about Carson Wentz or Jason Kelce or Jordan Matthews. We're talking about a 5-10, 208-pound guy who was the 153rd pick in the draft and has yet to play in a game.
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July 22, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has said there will be competition at every position as the Eagles start training camp next week. But there really aren't many spots up for grabs. Here is a look at one of the four positions that is legitimately open: The field: Allen Barbre, Malcolm Bunche, Andrew Gardner, Dennis Kelly, Isaac Seumalo, Matt Tobin and Stefen Wisniewski. The favorite: Asked about the left guard competition in May, Pederson made it seem as if Barbre already had the job locked down.
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June 17, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
A COUPLE beads of sweat topped his forehead and a huge grin was impossible to hide. Meet Fletcher Cox, Eagles star defensive tackle and the richest man ever to come out of tiny Yazoo City, Mississippi. "It's mind-blowing," Cox said of the six-year, $103 million contract he signed on Thursday. "When you're dealing with that much money, it's really mind-blowing, and I'm really excited about it. " Ya think? Cox, the best athlete currently playing in Philadelphia, reportedly received a $26 million signing bonus with $63 million of the deal guaranteed.
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June 4, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
New Eagle Stefen Wisniewski isn't worried about winning a starting spot on the offensive line in June. It's by September that he hopes to be in his familiar position. Wieniewski signed a one-year deal in the offseason with the Eagles. He has started all 77 games in a five-year NFL career. A second-round pick of Oakland in 2011, Wisniewski, 27, played his first four seasons with the Raiders and last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I haven't been a backup since I have been in this league, and I don't intend to be one now," Wisniewski said after a workout this week.
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May 30, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
In the reorganized layout of the Eagles locker room at the NovaCare Complex, the offensive linemen are clustered in a back corner of the room like bears in a cave, just the way they want it. For three years under Chip Kelly, the locker assignments were random, with a linebacker here, a running back there, a punter here, and even a quarterback dropped among the brutes like a pearl in a field of rocks. It was interesting in a new-age kind of way, but Kelly's revolution has expired, and Doug Pederson is more of a business-as-usual guy, from the standard fundamentals of the game right down to the positional groupings in the locker room.
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May 27, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
MAYBE THINGS will change, after third-round rookie Isaac Seumalo is eligible to rejoin the Eagles for training camp. Maybe Stefen Wisniewski, currently the backup center, or Malcolm Bunche, the second-team left guard, will eventually emerge to challenge Allen Barbre's hold on the starting position between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. As Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich noted Wednesday in a radio appearance, new regimes name starters to create order from chaos, but within that order, the players compete and competition can change the order.
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May 24, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
WHILE MUCH HAS been made of the money that the Eagles are spending on the quarterback position this year, the fact of the matter is that the $22.35 million in 2016 salary-cap space that will be occupied by Sam Bradford ($12.5M), Chase Daniel ($5M) and Carson Wentz ($4.8M) is just the 11th-highest cap total for the position in the league. Given Bradford's solid play the second half of last season and Daniel's photographic knowledge of Doug Pederson's offense and Wentz's sky's-the-limit potential, you can make a decent argument that $22.35 million is a bargain.
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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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