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C Jason Kelce

On whether it is fair to compare him to Green Bay C Jeff Saturday: "People automatically make that comparison, but even if you ask (offensive line coach) Howard (Mudd) and ask Jeff and me, I'm not trying to be the next Jeff Saturday. That's not what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to be Jason Kelce, and I'm trying to be the best player that I can be. I'm going to take every piece of advice that Jeff gave to me, I'll put it that way."

On how much it helps to have the OTAs and mini-camps with a young line and new teammate in T Demetress Bell: "It's huge. We didn't have it last year, and we had a lot of pieces moving in and four out of five guys were either in new positions or were new altogether last year on the offensive line. The offensive line is just not about being good individually. It's about being good as a unit and being cohesive and on the same page. I think that towards the beginning of the season last year, we really lacked. We had good individual players, but as far as working well as a unit, I think that was something that we had to develop as the season went on. As the season went on, we got very good at it. We have been able to carry that over through the offseason and through these OTAs. We've gotten even better as a unit. Obviously the hit with (T) Jason Peters took us back a step, but Demetress has stepped in and has done a really good job so far."

On whether this feels like his unit now: "I don't want to say that it's any one guy's in particular. I think we're a unit. Every single person has their role, and my role is to get us started and get us all on the same page.  The center is the vocal guy and he's the one who makes the calls so that's my role in the unit. (RT) Todd Herremans' role is to really be the leader out there. He's the guy who has been doing this for the longest time with the Eagles so he has the most seniority and the most experience. Everybody has a different role, so it's really just knowing your role, fitting into your job, and being the best unit you can be."

On taking more of the pre-snap reads for himself and away from QB Michael Vick: "Just having a year under my belt, having a year with Mike in the film room, and having a year with this unit, I feel much more comfortable and I think the guys feel much more comfortable with me being the guy to make the calls."

On whether he sees something special out here from the team: "Yes, and I think the differences between now and when we went to camp last year are exponential. Everything runs smoother, guys are on the same page, and it's just a much different feel. I'm not going to guarantee anything, but I think we do have a very special thing going on. We've looked very crisp so far through these OTAs and in the mini-camp, and it starts with the Cleveland Browns. I know we have awhile before training camp, but we're anxious to get this thing going."

On offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's comments that Kelce is the best young center in the game: "Obviously that is something that I take great pride in. I put a lot of time into film study and pay attention to details. The fact that Marty recognizes that and my other teammates recognize that – I try to be cerebral and it's something I take pride in."

On the trust between himself and Vick: "The trust keeps getting better and better between me and Mike. Obviously when we first got in there and they first told me that I was starting, it's kind of like, 'Well, we'll see how this goes,' and there's not that trust or respect level because you haven't played with the guy yet. He said as the season went on, it got better and better. Even this year, as we've said before, he's letting me make more of the calls and let me do more things. The respect level between me and Mike is at an all-time high, and I'm assuming it will keep getting better and better."

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