By Sarah Berkowitz
About the only pub Eagles center Jason Kelce received during the offseason was when he commented about Shady McCoy’s comments calling coach Chip Kelly a racist and also when the Birds cut Evan Mathis.
That’s Kelce’s nature: the quiet man who goes about his business.
But it’s nice to know that NFL experts recognize him for his abilities on the field, such as Bleacher Report’s ranking of center, which found him 10th best in the NFL:
Jason Kelce has thrived the last two season in Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense. Kelce has the quickness and athletic ability needed to run Kelly’s uptempo offensive scheme. His agility allows him to be a force on the outside in the screen passing game, which is a major part of what the Eagles try to do. When matched up head-to-head with a nose tackle, Kelce will struggle to hold his ground, allowing defenders to push him around.
Once again Kelce is helped out by the game plan. He is allowed to move around and use his athletic ability to create running lanes. He also gets into defenders and initiates contact with his quick hands, then sustains his blocks until the whistle blows. Kelce is not a road-grader, and he isn’t going to overpower defenders by driving them off the line of scrimmage.
As long as the Eagles don’t plan on switching to a power run game, Kelce will be leading the way in Philly for years to come.