Pro Football Focus recently released their 2018 All-Pro Team and two members of the Philadelphia Eagles, Fletcher Cox and Jason Kelce, are on the list.
Hard work truly pays off. Left for dead after a 4-6 start, the Philadelphia Eagles racked up five wins in their final six games to secure a Wildcard berth in the playoffs. Now, two of their own, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and center Jason Kelce, are being recognized for doing their part.
Both were named to Pro Football Focus‘ 2018 NFL All-Pro Team.
Here’s what they had to say about Mr. Kelce:
"Kelce is still hands down the best center in the NFL and the fact that he didn’t even make the Pro Bowl is a joke. No center can execute more blocks and more consistently than the Eagles center. He also added a career-high 87.7 grade in pass protection this season for good measure."
Now, we shift gears a little and talk about a guy who’s in everybody’s list of the top five defensive tackles in the league, Fletcher Cox. Here’s PFF’s opinion on him and their other nod for top interior defensive lineman in the league, Aaron Donald:
"Donald was doing things on the interior the likes of which the game has never seen this season. 106 pressures. 21 sacks. 20 hits. Four separate games with 10-plus pressures. The numbers are absurd. No one can touch Donald’s production, but Cox was in rarified company, as well. His 95 total pressures this season were the most we’ve ever seen from a defensive tackle not named Donald."
One could argue more guys from Philly’s roster could have been added, but as you know, PFF relies, primarily, on an analytics-based system. It’s not quite like the Pro Bowl voting system, where fans typically vote for guys who are nationally recognizable or they vote for the guys who play on their teams.
One could also argue, as far as Pro Bowl votes go, that the more successful and popular teams send more guys (both of those theories lose and gain steam depending on the season).
Sure, you could argue that so many injuries at important positions robbed Philly of the chance to have more names on this list and Malcolm Jenkins, a guy who played 100 percent of the defensive snaps in 2018’s regular season deserves to be included.
Wherever you stand, you have to admit seeing Kelce’s and Cox’s name on the list won’t get too many complaints from any football aficionado, so rather than debate another list’s validity, we’ll take the other route.
We’ll just congratulate the guys who did make the cut.