Eagles new offensive line coach Howard Mudd’s presence on the Eagles staff could mean a number of changes will be made on the offensive line. I’ve already told you that Winston Justice is in danger of losing his job, but he’s not the only Eagles starting offensive linemen, who may lose his job.
We all know that first round pick, rookie Danny Watkins will be starting at right guard, but he might have a fellow rookie playing next to him before the season is over. Surprisingly the Eagles have been letting rookie sixth round pick Jason Kelce share snaps with Jamaal Jackson.
I can’t see the Eagles making Kelce the starter at the beginning of the season, but if Jackson isn’t performing up to Mudd’s satisfaction in the start of the season, he’s getting Kelce ready to play. The center position is very demanding mentally. The center has to work with the quarterback in deciding how to pick up blitzes. He must not only know his job, but he’s also go know what everybody else is supposed to be doing.
Kelce has been picking everything up very quickly and that’s one of the reasons he has caught Mudd’s eyes. Although weighing in at only 282, he’s shown the strength and tenacity to battle the big boys inside.
Jackson isn’t a dominating blocker but he has been able to do the job in the past and he’s very sharp with the offensive line calls. Mudd likes the smarts, athleticism and strength of Kelce. I think his coach sees his potential. He’ll get bigger and stronger over time which could make him a very impressive center.
“He’s very demanding,” Kelce said. “He’s a perfectionist. He doesn’t tolerate poor technique. He doesn’t tolerate mistakes, so when you have a very demanding coach if you don’t perform well you’re going to get chewed out every single play. It really makes you lock in and focus because you want to do it the right way every time.”
He didn’t expect to be getting snaps with the first team during this training camp.
“I’m surprised that I was thrown into the mix as soon as I was, but I’m taking it head on,” Kelce said.
With all of the blitzing which the Eagles offense has been facing during camp so far, Kelce’s head has been swimming while trying to remember all of the details.
“It’s definitely a lot faster (compared to college),” Kelce said. “Let’s put it that way, especially with the work stoppage and everything, not being able to learn the plays.