Monday, November 30, 2015

Andy Reid's Centers of Attention

Andy Reid's Centers of Attention

Andy Reid's Centers of Attention

Jason Kelce suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Jason Kelce suffered a knee injury in the third quarter. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

When Dallas Reynolds assumes the position in front of Michael Vick Sunday in Arizona, he will become the ninth different player to start a regular season game at center for the Eagles in the Andy Reid era.

The previous eight (*seasons in which a player started):

 Center  *Seasons   GS 
 Jamaal Jackson    2005-10  72
 Hank Fraley  2001-05  71
 Jason Kelce  2011-12  18
 Steve Everitt  1999  16
 Bubba Miller  2000  16
 Mike McGlynn  2010  14
 Nick Cole  2009-10    2
 Jim Pyne  2001    1
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