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Carson Wentz is back in the building

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Carson Wentz is back in the building

A torn ACL isn't going to keep Carson Wentz away from the Eagles

Less than a week after having surgery to repair his torn left ACL, Wentz was back at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday morning. It was the first time he was back in the quarterback meeting room since his injury in Los Angeles on Dec. 10. 

"Obviously, first and foremost, it's about his rehab," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday afternoon. "But that's a tight-knit room. In these rooms, players are close. The three of those guys are really close. First and foremost, take care of rehab. Second, support Nick (Foles) and Nate (Sudfeld)."

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that Wentz is staying involved. Last Wednesday, just after his surgery, he FaceTimed with Foles and Sudfeld and asked about some new plays. According to Sudfeld, Wentz was still loopy from the anesthesia (see story).

Because of his lack of mobility for now, Wentz probably won't be on the sidelines for games anytime soon, but he's going to be around the team as often as he can. He's just the latest injured leader — after Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, Jason Peters and Chris Maragos — to stay involved after a season-ending injury. 

Reich said he still remembers how involved Jim Kelly was in 1992 after Kelly suffered a knee injury that forced him out of action to start the playoffs. Reich was the backup and led the Bills to two playoff wins in Kelly's absence. Twenty-six years later, Reich said that support from Kelly still means a lot to him. 

"And I know that's the kind of support Carson is giving to Nick and to Nate," Reich said. 

While Wentz was back in the quarterback meeting room for the first time on Tuesday, it wasn't exactly business as usual. After all, he's now in the room as an extra voice, but he's no longer the starter. The dynamic has to change. The week of preparation is all about getting Foles ready to play and Sudfeld ready to step in if necessary.

Wentz is basically just an extra coach now.  

"He knows that Nick's the guy and that's the way it has to be," Reich said. "The great thing is that it's so comfortable in there, such a good dynamic. He's not gonna ever be a wallflower. He's gonna talk and we're gonna laugh and he's going to give a couple ideas. But it's a really good dynamic." 

Forget empty Day 2 of draft, Eagles hoping to find gold in Day 3

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Forget empty Day 2 of draft, Eagles hoping to find gold in Day 3

The Eagles are scheduled to have a pretty boring Day 2 of the draft this year. Because after they pick at No. 32, they don’t have another selection until the 31st pick of the fourth round. 

That means 98 players will be taken between the Eagles’ first and second picks. And they’ll have to watch other teams pick that entire Friday (Rounds 2-3) without them … unless they make a move. 

“We’re not looking at it like we’re sitting out on Friday,” Eagles de facto GM Howie Roseman said. “We’re going through our draft process looking at every scenario. When we get to Friday, we get to Friday.” 

Even if the Eagles don’t make a move, they’ll be plenty busy on Saturday, the final day of the draft. They have two fourth-round picks and one pick in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds. 

Eagles personnel head Joe Douglas showed up to his media availability with a stat ready to go to illustrate the importance of Day 3. 

“We’re excited that we have five picks on Saturday,” Douglas said. “When you look at the Super Bowl, there’s 22 starters that were third-round picks or lower. Of those 22, 18 of them were fourth-round picks or lower. So 18 starters in the Super Bowl this year were fourth-round picks or lower, including six of them that were undrafted free agents. We choose to keep the glass half full.” 

Douglas is right on all those stats — 22 of 44 starters in the Super Bowl were drafted in the third or lower and 18 of them would be considered Day 3 picks. Not bad. 

Here’s how the Super Bowl starters broke down by round: 1-10, 2-12, 3-4, 4-4, 5-3, 6-3, 7-2, UDFA-6. 

The Eagles accounted for seven of the 18 players who were drafted in the fourth round or later, so the Patriots were the ones who found even more value late in drafts. And of those seven, just three were original Eagles — Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jason Kelce and Jalen Mills. 

Of the six undrafted players who started in the Super Bowl, two were from the Eagles — LeGarrette Blount and Rodney McLeod. Neither was an original Eagle, but the Birds also relied heavily on running back Corey Clement, who was an undrafted rookie last season. 

With a dearth of high draft picks, it would make sense if the Eagles attack the undrafted market following the draft, but Douglas thinks it won’t be as easy as many might think. 

“You would think because we’re coming off a Super Bowl, we don’t have a second or third round pick that it would be a lot easier after the draft,” Douglas said. “But my experience coming off a Super Bowl, it’s sometimes harder to get guys to commit to your roster because agents and players have a perceived notion that it’s going to be that much tougher to make the team. I think that’s going to be a challenge. I think that’s going to be a challenge for us and we know it and we’re going to attack it.”

The Eagles in recent years have shown a willingness to pony up significant money to entice undrafted players to sign with them and if Douglas is right, they might need to do it again to land some this year. 

Either way, the Eagles know how important Day 3 and beyond can be. So when they’re bored on Day 2, they don’t plan on losing focus. 

Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

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Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

The Eagles gave Nick Foles a little raise on Friday, reworking the Super Bowl MVP’s contract, a league source confirmed. 

Basically, the Eagles are rewarding Foles after he helped the franchise win its first-ever Super Bowl a few months ago. 

Foles, 29, is still entering the final year of his contract with the Eagles, but the new deal also includes a mutual option for the 2019 season, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The mutual option will still allow Foles the possibility to test the free agent market next season, but could leave the door open to a possible return beyond this upcoming season. 

Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network first reported the revised contract, which includes a $2 million signing bonus and “several millions in incentives if he’s the starter and hits various benchmarks,” according to Rapoport. 

That part makes a ton of sense. If for some reason Carson Wentz isn’t ready to play in 2018 or if he goes down again, Foles will have a chance to earn what might be closer to starter money. 

Foles was set to earn a base salary of $4 million in 2018, with a salary cap hit of $7.6 million on the contract before Friday’s renegotiation. 

Wentz and Foles grew very close last season — third-string QB Nate Sudfeld too — and have both been very selfless in a situation that would be awkward for many others in the league. But both have been incredibly selfless throughout the entire process. Just this week, Wentz admitted he had to fight jealousy but was truly happy for his teammate and friend, who became the Super Bowl hero (see story)

Earlier on Friday, Foles tweeted out this photo with his wife and daughter from the NovaCare Complex. That’s a $2 million smile.