Campfire stories as the Eagles announce their entire draft class is signed

Cam Jurgens, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Cam Jurgens, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

Alrighty, folks! We just gave the Philadelphia Eagles‘ roster the once over. We wrote out a detailed list. We checked it twice, and we can officially state that everyone is present and accounted for.

On the first day of our great nation’s seventh month, the Birds announced that they put pen to paper with Cam Jurgens. Before doing so, he was the only member of Philly’s 2022 five-man NFL Draft class that had yet to sign his rookie deal. Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean, Kyron Johnson, and Grant Calcaterra had already signed theirs.

The former Nebraska Cornhuskers standout was all smiles as he’s now able to pull a few more funds out of the ATM whenever he drives past one. Take a look.

Here are a few quick notes on Cam Jurgens, the Philadelphia Eagles’ eventual successor to Jason Kelce.

We’ve known for a while that Jason Kelce won’t play forever in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, although many of us believe that he probably could if he wanted to. The 2022-2023 NFL season will be the legend’s 12th at football’s highest level… Not bad for a former sixth-rounder that many believed was too small to play in the NFL.

Five Pro Bowl nods (2014, 2016, 2019–2021) and four First-Team All-Pro nods (2017–2019, 2021) have been the result of a career that followed two Second-team All-Big East awards at the collegiate level (2009, 2010).

He’ll be a tough act to follow, but that’s what the Birds are hoping Jurgens can do. A phenomenal talent in his own right. The six-foot-three, 300-pounder took home a Third-team All-Big Ten nod in 2021, his final season at the collegiate level.

Jurgens will sit behind Kelce on the depth chart and soak up as much knowledge as he can until the legend decides that he’s ready to hang the cleats up for good. There’s a lot that the rookie can learn, as is the case with every youngster, but he’s got great teachers, not only in Kelce but also in the game’s best offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland.

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Kelce is as tough as they come. He’s played 100% of the total offensive snaps in just about every season since 2015. Keep in mind that, in 2017, he played 95% of the snaps, and in 2021, he played 89% of the snaps. Some of that is due to his coach’s decisions in both years to rest the starters during the final game of the regular season to prepare for playoff runs.

He’s made 121 consecutive starts which places him behind only Tra Thomas (166 starts from 1998-08) and Chuck Bednarik who started 169 games from 1949-62. They’ll never be another Jason Kelce, but if Cam Jurgens is anywhere close to being as good as his predecessor was, you won’t hear any complaints from any Philadelphia Eagles fans.