Believe it or not, the beginning of the 2014 season is rapidly approaching. Players will report back to the NovaCare Complex on April 21 for the start of the Eagles offseason program. Join us as we count down until the Eagles are back in town ...
Quarterback Nick Foles' historic second NFL season included the seven-touchdown game in Oakland, the third-best quarterback rating for a single season in NFL history and Offensive MVP honors at the Pro Bowl. In a very short amount of time, Foles is making a mark on the team's record books. Through 16 regular season starts (and 20 total game appearances), Foles has thrown for 4,590 yards with 33 touchdown passes against just seven interceptions for a 101.0 passer rating. The reason Foles' numbers are brought up today is because he has completed 364 of 582 pass attempts, good for a 62.5 completion percentage which is the best in Eagles history.
First Eagle To Wear 62: G Woody Gerber (1941-42)
Current Eagle To Wear 62: C Jason Kelce (2011-present)
A sixth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Cincinnati, Kelce is just another in an impressive line of successful Bearcats-turned-Eagles. He won the starting job as a rookie in Training Camp over incumbent veteran Jamaal Jackson and immediately became one of the league's best centers, making up for his lack of bulk with unprecedented athletic ability for the position, intelligence and a nasty on-field demeanor. Kelce appeared primed to take that proverbial next step in 2012, but a torn ACL against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 prematurely ended his season. He rehabbed rigorously and was fully healthy by the start of 2013 Training Camp, ready to shine in Chip Kelly's NFL offense.
And shine, he did. Kelce, sporting his trademark beard, reestablished himself as one of the league's preeminent centers in 2013 and led an offensive line that paved the way for LeSean McCoy to win his first rushing title and set an Eagles franchise record for yards in a season. The line also dutifully protected Foles, who had one of the most remarkable and efficient seasons for a quarterback in NFL history. Kelce, beloved by Eagles fans everywhere, has attacked this offseason with the goal of taking his game to even new heights, and he started off with the best training exercise possible – participation in Wing Bowl XXII.