Eagles C Jason Kelce shares glowing reviews about Cam Jurgens as he enters year 2
The Eagles offensive line will once again be the lifeblood of Nick Sirianni’s offensive attack in 2023. Although the team lost starting guard Isaac Seumalo through free agency, second-year interior lineman Cam Jurgens is primed to step-in and fill Seumalo’s shoes.
When Jurgens was drafted in the second-round of last year’s NFL Draft, the general consensus was that he’d sit for a year or two behind Jason Kelce, before eventually taking over for the legend when Kelce retires. With Kelce still in place and a need to be filled at right guard, Jurgens’ timeline has been expedited a bit. But the Eagles center thinks Jurgens is more than ready for the task.
“Cam is really, really talented,” Kelce told reporters on Wednesday. “I think I speak for everybody in the building, he was ready to play last year. He could have gone in there and done an extremely good job playing center last year. I feel very confident in that.”
Jurgens only logged 35 offensive snaps during the regular season last year. Mostly because the Eagles line stayed relatively healthy for the majority of the season. Nevertheless, he showcased his physicality and athletic ability during the preseason in 2022.
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Even though Jurgens feels like the favorite to snag the starting right guard spot, it won’t be handed to him. The Eagles drafted Alabama lineman Tyler Steen in the third-round of April’s draft. He played primarily at left tackle during his collegiate career, but the team announced him as a guard when they selected him and he’ll more than likely provide Jurgens with some healthy competition during camp.
“He’s going to get a chance to compete at right guard and he’s going to get a chance to play center still,” Kelce said. “The future is extremely bright for him. I think he can blossom into one of the best centers in the league, easily, one day. And I think he can play right guard. So we’re going to get a chance to watch that.”
At this point, the right guard vacancy is the only question mark facing this Eagles offense. They returned nearly every starter this offseason – outside of Seumalo and Miles Sanders. If Kelce’s glowing review of Jurgens’ play translates on the field, this offense won’t miss a beat in 2023.
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