Surprises are the spice of life. Okay, that isn't how that statement goes, but trust us on this one. There's a point we're trying to make here. Sometimes, things don't work out as we think they should. Look no further than our Philadelphia Eagles if you need a few examples of that statement's accuracy.
As Jason Kelce once stated, they let us down when we expect something special from our guys. They excel when we aren't putting any pressure on them and don't know what to expect. Last season, a Super Bowl run seemingly came from nowhere.
We thought this was the revenge tour, that the Birds would make it back to the Super Bowl and win it. We may have to acknowledge that we could have been wrong.
The Birds are guaranteed at least one more playoff game. Many believe it will be the last game we see them play this season. Once the ride ends, we'll look back and think of everything that occurred. Then again, we could start now. Let's discuss a few surprises. Some were nice. Some... not so much.
Nice surprises: Kelee Ringo
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Kelee Ringo in Round 4 of the NFL Draft with the 105th overall selection. Draft pundits were concerned about whether or not he tracked the ball well and if he changed direction well enough to keep up with NFL receivers. Maybe that had something to do with where he was taken.
His work ethic was questioned, even if it was never questioned loudly. So far so good though. He filled in relatively well in Darius Slay's absence.
He has much to learn. That's okay though. Here's where we'll tip our cap. He's better than we were told he was, and you can't complain about that.
Throw him in the category of 'nice surprises'.