The Philadelphia Eagles are changing it up with their captains this year. Instead of naming five, like they usually do, the team will have eight captains. These players will get to wear the “C” logo on their jerseys, as seen in the picture above this article.
The eight Eagles captains for 2019:
Carson Wentz - Starting quarterback
Jason Kelce - Starting center
Jason Peters - Starting left tackle
Brandon Graham - Starting defensive end
Fletcher Cox - Starting defensive tackle
Rodney McLeod - Starting safety
Duke Riley - Special teams player and rotational linebacker
Craig James - Special teams player and backup cornerback
OBSERVATIONS AND THOUGHTS
- Eight captains is a bit much! It’s just over 15% of the 53-man roster.
- Wentz being named captain for the fourth year in a row means he’ll wear four gold stars under the C on his jersey patch. If/when he’s named captain next year, the C will go gold instead of white as well.
- Kelce and Cox will have three gold stars as this marks three years in a row for them.
- Peters and Graham haven’t been captains since the 2017 season. The Eagles won the Super Bowl that season. Ergo, the Eagles are going to win the Super Bowl this year.
- McLeod is a captain for the first time with Malcolm Jenkins gone.
- The Eagles gave Riley a C patch for the team’s wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks so it’s no surprise to see him get one for this year. He brings a lot of energy to that unit.
- Big honor for James to be recognized in this manner. He’s come a long way since being an undrafted rookie free agent in 2018. James is really good on special teams and he had a solid camp as a defender as well.
- Doug Pederson said the following about these selections to Dave Spadaro:
“It’s a little bit of a different approach this year. It is important to me to select players who are great leaders, who are going to be captains all year. I felt like these gentlemen represented what we’re looking for in the way they’ve worked so hard and led the way for the team on and off the field. It’s a group I’m proud to call our captains for the season.”