You don’t go from four wins over a 16-game season one year, to six victories and counting the next as the Philadelphia Eagles have without a surprise effort or two. In the Birds’ case, try six.
The Eagles are exceeding many fans’ expectations in Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach, and that’s because he’s getting the most out of his players. Chalk it up to simple X’s and O’s, the innovative sports science program or whatever you want, but a number of guys are outperforming what people thought was possible.
Who qualifies as a surprise? Players you never heard of executing at a Pro Bowl level. Players who were once believed to be busts, are suddenly getting the job done. Even quality players who are simply doing better than anybody could have anticipated.
One needn’t look very far to find some shocking developments on this roster. We compiled the best and the brightest of the bunch to show how these players have elevated their game—which we promise can be quite extreme in some cases.