PHILADELPHIA — Jason Kelce has seen quite a bit throughout his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. The All-Pro heart has been by way of the very best of highs and the bottom of lows with the Eagles over the previous decade, and he is aware of that coaching camp hype can result in utter disappointment. That’s why he chooses to keep away from criticism or reward throughout the summer time.
Speaking to the media on Friday on the NovaCare Complex following the second follow of coaching camp, Kelce defined his rationale for ignoring press clippings forward of and through camp.
Jason Kelce doesn’t care what the Eagles appear to be on paper
Following a formidable offseason by GM Howie Roseman, the Eagles have been projected by nationwide and native media as NFC Championship contenders.
The crew has added a number of notable items to the protection and traded for former Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Brown, all in an effort to enhance the crew’s fortunes after a forgettable playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January.
While followers and media have praised the upgrades on the Eagles roster and projected success for the upcoming marketing campaign, Kelce isn’t shopping for any of the hype.
“In this city, it feels like every year the media thinks that we’re really good, we end up being sh–ty,” Kelce stated. “And every year the media thinks we’re going to be sh–ty, we end up being really good. So, I prefer not to listen to what everybody thinks we look like on paper.”
Kelce downplayed the Eagles’ perceived enhancements on offense as he astutely famous that Brown is admittedly the one new participant within the beginning lineup.
While he complimented the protection — which has added the likes of first-round decide Jordan Davis, move rusher Haason Reddick, and cornerback James Bradberry — he nonetheless believes it’s essential to see what’s on the sector earlier than basking in delusions of grandeur and unearned hubris.
Kelce walked off the sector pondering the first-team offense “didn’t look good” in its second exercise of the summer time, which clearly proves his level that paper projections belong in a pocket book as a substitute of actuality.
Kelce, one of many heroes of the Super Bowl LII win, nonetheless remembers the mediocre 2017 critiques the Lombardi Trophy-winning squad acquired earlier than its epic run by way of the postseason. He additionally remembers the constructive projections that got here with 2020 that imploded and led to the Philadelphia demises of Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz.
That’s why he’s taking the Eagles’ coaching camp at some point at a time.
“The only way we’re going to be any good this season is if we come out here and we work, and everybody comes out here with the mentality to get better — each and every one of us,” Kelce stated. “Nobody here is so good that they can’t get better.”