Cam Jurgens has been working under Jason Kelce with a goal of one day taking his spot. That apprenticeship has been going well at training camp, but now it’s time for some on-the-job learning. The Philadelphia Eagles rookie center will start Friday’s preseason opener.
Jurgens has been forced into starting duty with Kelce out due to elbow surgery. The 6-foot-3, 303-pounder was getting blasted by fans for a 1-on-1 rep that went viral against Jordan Davis. One play doesn’t define him. He’s been running with the ones and holding his own at camp. Now, Jurgens is the next man up and he’s ready to show off what Kelce taught him.
“Just going in where they told me to go, got to fill in for whoever is down, Kelce’s down right now so I just got to do my best,” Jurgens told reporters. “I feel like I get more ready every day. I’m excited. I’m just ready to play some more football and hit someone else besides our own team.”
Kelce continues to coach his successor up from a distance, whether it’s a reassuring text or work in the film room. The advanced placement course for NFL centers remains in session.