As the Eagles are gearing for what could be a surprise playoff run, the team has been given a moment to reflect and celebrate as the NFL has announced who has made the Pro Bowl. While several players could’ve made it such as Javon Hargrave, Josh Sweat, Lane Johnson, and Jordan Mailata; two of their more hard-working veterans received the honor.
Jason Kelce is one of the players who has made it to this year’s Pro Bowl. This will be Kelce’s 5th Pro Bowl honor. The legendary Eagles center has had quite this season this year and you wouldn’t think he’s 34-years-old when watching him play. He’s currently the second highest-graded center in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
His leadership and play on the field this season has turned back the clock for the 34-year-old veteran. Kelce has shown that he’s one of the /more athletic offensive linemen in the league which was on full display against the WFT as the world saw him keep up with Miles Sanders downfield while blocking for him.
Darius Slay is the second Eagle to be announced to this year’s Pro Bowl roster. This will be his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl but his first one as a Philadelphia Eagle. Slay is the first Eagles cornerback to reach the Pro Bowl since Asante Samuel did it in 2010. That was Samuel’s third time in the Pro Bowl as an Eagle as he made it the two previous seasons as well.
Slay is allowing a passer rating of 74.0 when targeted according to PFF. He’s only allowing a completion percentage of 61% when targeted and has three interceptions in the season so far along with three defensive touchdowns.
While there’s no question that several players did get snubbed, you can’t deny the fact that two of the more deserving players on the roster received this honor. These players are having somewhat of a renaissance year during a season that was close to being lost. Now the true battle begins as the team fights to claw their way into the playoffs.
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