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Doug Pederson: Jason Kelce Deserving Of Pro Bowl Honor

Posted Dec 20, 2017

Following Tuesday night’s announcement of the Pro Bowl roster, head coach Doug Pederson used the opening part of his press conference to congratulate the six Eagles who earned the distinction.

“I’m excited for the six guys. I think four of them are first-year guys, Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Zach Ertz, and Carson (Wentz) and obviously Fletch (Fletcher Cox) and Malcolm (Jenkins),” Pederson said. “The guys are well-deserving of the award obviously and of the accolade and it’s a great team honor too to be selected.”

Pederson was asked about center Jason Kelce who was among the players listed as a Pro Bowl alternate. Kelce, a huge component of the Eagles' success on offense, was not chosen despite previously being named to the all-star game twice.

“A lot of times somebody has to be an alternate I guess and I think he’s played at a Pro Bowl level. As much criticism and critique and everything that he gets, he doesn’t get enough credit,” Pederson said of Kelce. "He’s been solid all year long. He’s been nicked up with the ankles and just continues to play and play at a high level and would definitely be one that would be deserving of that honor too.”

The Eagles will have a walkthrough Wednesday instead of holding full-team practice with the next game on Christmas night against Oakland. Cornerback Patrick Robinson remains in the concussion protocol and guard Stefen Wisniewski is listed as day to day with an ankle injury.

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