Both Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick adjusted to new positions in preparing for the NFL. Dawkins went from offensive tackle to offensive guard, and Reddick from defensive end to linebacker.
They proved to be quick studies. After three days of practice, Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage named Dawkins the top performer on the offensive line and Reddick the top performer at linebacker. Savage, a former Cleveland Browns general manager who worked in the Eagles' front office, told the Senior Bowl website Dawkins has "Pro Bowl-potential at guard" and that Reddick "elevated his stock as much as any player."
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock labeled Reddick the "player who made the most money" this week.
The Colleluoris, originally from Holmes, Delaware Co., have pledged their lives to the organization, helping over 14,000 cancer patients. HEADstrong currently owns two homes in the Delaware County area for families whose relatives are getting treated by local hospitals for cancer, in addition to holding hundreds of events each year, mostly lacrosse related, throughout the country, topped off by their annual Lime Light Gala (the 7th annual will be held this year on Friday March 10, 2017 at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing).
Hogan, 28, has been wearing the wrist bands in memory of Nick and in support of HEADstrong ever since he began playing in the NFL.
“I wear the HEADstrong wristbands on both wrists because I wanted to be a part of spreading the word of HEADstrong throughout the NFL, and raise awareness to cancer,” Hogan told PhillyVoice. “I want to help them with their cause, and the younger brother of one of my best friends had cancer and battled it a really long time. This was something special to me, because I care so much about trying to help those affected by cancer."
He was about to finish his third season in the NFL, and two months later, as soon as he was eligible to ball up his rookie contract and toss it into the nearest wastebasket, the Eagles obliged, signing him to a six-year deal that to this day makes him the 10th-highest-paid center in the league. Chip Kelly was the team's head coach then, and Kelce seemed the ideal center for Kelly's offense - undersize but smart and fast and adept at getting downfield to throw the kinds of blocks that break big plays. More, Kelce wanted to stay in Philadelphia. He had grown up in Cleveland as a fan of the Indians, and it had saddened him to watch their great teams of the mid-1990s disintegrate as one star after another signed somewhere else.
"When they left, it kind of felt they weren't part of the city, weren't really invested like I thought they were," Kelce said. "So it's always been a goal of mine to really stick in one spot."
But this is the NFL, and these are the Eagles. And as Howie Roseman made clear Wednesday, there are Kelce's goals, and there is reality. In speaking to reporters at the Senior Bowl, Roseman didn't promise that Kelce would return next season: "It's hard to go into each player, and I'm not saying as it relates to Kelce. But if I start answering the question to Jason Kelce, that opens the door to five or six other guys." If nothing else, that answer leaves no doubt that Kelce's status on the roster is an open question, and given the circumstances, it should be.