Jason Kelce‘s injury was a serious blow to a Philadelphia Eagles that ended up being ravaged by injuries with the loss of Kelce, Jason Peters and Todd Herremans.
Kelce very well could have been the biggest loss and might be the biggest addition on the offensive line this upcoming season in his return from injury. Kelce is responsible for a majority of the offensive calls and sets the protection for the offensive line. He is basically like another quarterback out there on the field. Kelce also fits the mold of a Chip Kelly offensive lineman. He is as athletic a center as there is in the league and can get to the second level with ease, taking linebackers out of the play.
Kelce is also used to playing an up tempo, no huddle-based offense as he did it for four years in college at Cincinnati. Kelce will set the tempo for all the other offensive linemen with his protection calls. He will also have the responsibility more so than Michael Vick, Nick Foles or whoever starts at quarterback Week 1 for the Eagles.
For the Eagles, having a healthy offensive line will make all the difference in the world for an offense that under performed last season due to injury and inconsistent play. Having arguably the best left tackle in the game back in Peters is huge, and having the leader of the offensive line in Kelce will help galvanize a group that was in shambles along the line last season.