Rob's Rants: Carson Wentz, Allen Iverson and Cowboys fans

Rob's Rants: Carson Wentz, Allen Iverson and Cowboys fans

Welcome to the first edition of Rob's Rants in which CSNPhilly's Rob Ellis does just that about the hottest topics in Philly sports.

Carson the consultant
Carson Wentz on Tuesday downplayed an NFL.com report that he asked Howie Roseman at the end of last season, “What are you going to do this offseason to improve this team?"

Wentz said they "kind of addressed some things" but "people made that more than it really was" and the front office "went out and got us some weapons, got us some new pieces, so I think they did a great job."

I’m not buying it. The proof is in the pudding. 

With little cap wiggle room, Roseman landed arguably the biggest free-agent wideout on the market and netted a burner on the outside for a very team-favorable deal. Not to mention bolstering the offensive line and signing a short-yardage back who can move the chains and cash inside the 5-yard line. 

Why wouldn’t Wentz speak up? He didn’t need to be a 10-year vet to know he was given a knife to do battle in a gun fight last year. And if you're Roseman, Wentz is your meal ticket. He should have been in full E.F. Hutton mode to whatever request the kid put forth.   
We’ll always have Instagram 
Allen Iverson’s no-show act for his BIG3 team in Dallas over the weekend can’t be viewed as any kind of surprise. This is who he is. You take the good with the bad. He was rightfully beloved for what he brought on the floor. His play was electric, and no one gave you more from tip to final buzzer. 

It was that pesky time before and after the game that proved tricky. It was that “real” factor that endeared him so to the city’s populace. He was flawed, he was unpredictable, and he was irresponsible. 

Like many of us. 

I always got a kick out of Allen's former eccentric coach, Larry Brown, when he would suggest that A.I. should be given a job in the Sixers' organization. Larry’s logic in part was that Allen would be great communicating with players. Other than telling them to play every game like it’s their last, what other wisdom is he imparting? He’s 42 years old now and still can’t manage to show up on time — or at all — to an event or a game. He and Ice Cube are the primary draws for this new endeavor, and he’s doing his best to sabotage it.    

But hey, at least he cared enough about his beloved Philadelphia fans to Instagram them a message 20 minutes before tipoff. After “consulting” with a doctor, he was advised not to play. What A.I. failed to mention was, those medical practitioners were doctors Dr. J and Dre.

Cockroach in camp
Tuesday marked the first day of tackling at Eagles training camp. In addition to the physicality, the aforementioned Wentz looked very sharp on his deep throws, and cornerback Patrick Robinson continued to get beaten (see more in Dave Zangaro's daily observations).

But we also had a Cowboy fan sighting. Yes, someone turned over a rock or flipped a light switch and one of them found their way to the NovaCare Complex. And he was everything you’d expect: an attention-starved jackass. When given the option of taking his Dallas jersey off or leaving, he opted to exit. If only we could employ this tactic to every one of these vermin in the Delaware Valley. Dare to dream.

Quite a Christmas present coming for Jordan Hicks

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Quite a Christmas present coming for Jordan Hicks

It won't be a surprise, but Jordan Hicks is going to get a pretty great Christmas present this year. 

He won't find it under his tree either. 

Hicks, who has been recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and surgery, will hit another big milestone in his recovery on Dec. 25. That's the day the walking boot comes off of his right foot. 

"Real good present, right?" Hicks said. 

Hicks, 25, tore his right Achilles on the second play from scrimmage against Washington on Oct. 23. Having already torn his left Achilles in college, Hicks knew immediately that his season was over and a long recovery was ahead of him. 

But Hicks has no doubt he'll return to being the same player he was before. He thinks he'll be even better. 

"Oh there's no question about that," Hicks said on Friday, speaking to a group of reporters in the Eagles' locker room for the first time since the injury. "There's no question about that. I'll be fine. I did my left Achilles in college and came back better. I know more, the advancements are better. There's no doubt in my mind I'll be a better player when I come back."

Hicks said the normal recovery time from an Achilles rupture is 6 to 9 months. The six-month mark will be April. He expects to be back for training camp and be completely ready for next season. 

Before suffering this Achilles tear, Hicks had been dealing with an ankle injury on his left leg. Hicks, who has been labeled as an injury prone player since college, was very proud of playing all 16 games in 2016. So when that ankle injury popped up earlier this season, he tried to play through it. That ankle injury led to a calf injury in his right leg and then the Achilles popped. Hicks thinks overcompensating for the initial injury led to a more serious one. 

"I think a couple weeks could have helped me, but it's always easy to look back," Hicks said. "Hindsight is 20/20. I wouldn't change anything just because it's my personality. It's who I am. All I want to do is be there for my teammates. Every time I step out there, the biggest goal for me is to have my teammates know that I'm their leader and I can be accountable. For me to sit here and say I shouldn't have been out there those weeks, it's hard for me to say that because all I want to do is be out there."

Hicks lasted just a couple plays in that Washington game before his Achilles popped. Because he had been through the same injury before, he knew immediately that his season was over and he was looking at a long road to recovery ahead of him. And initially, it wasn't easy. Jason Peters joined him in the locker room a quarter later with his own season-ending injury and tried to raise his spirits, but that didn't change the fact that Hicks' season was over. 

And for the second time in his three-year career, he knew he would end the season on injured reserve. 

"The grief set in," he said. "For the first week or so, it was tough, but man, there's no time for that. There's no time to sit here and sulk. There's no time to think about what could have been. ... All I'm focusing on is making sure I'm better and ready next year for my guys. That's all it is. For me, it's about accountability."

While Hicks made a rare appearance in the Eagles' locker room during media time on Friday, he's been around the building plenty. He and the Eagles' other injured players have remained involved despite their injuries. In fact, every week, Hicks studies opponent film to see how they handle blitzes. And every Friday, he gets in front of the defense to present it. 

After the injury, Jim Schwartz came to him and asked him to do this. 

"It's easy to isolate yourself in situations like this," Hicks said. "For him to come up to me and ask me to do that was big. I try to keep guys' spirits up and share my perspective." 

For the last month and a half, Hicks has been around the team but has been forced to watch games on TV, which he said is really tough. He hopes that's about to end. He'll be in North Jersey this weekend for the Giants game and hopes he'll be back on the sideline. 

"It's tough," Hicks said. "It's never easy to go through something like this. It tests your patience, this tests your character. You learn a lot through these times because it is so difficult. You have to really grind through some hard times. Put your head down and I think your character is really shown through this."

Nick Foles may not have full protection vs. Giants


Nick Foles may not have full protection vs. Giants

The Eagles will have a new quarterback this weekend, but they might not be able to protect him as well as they hope. 

Starting left guard Stefen Wisniewski will officially be listed as questionable for Sunday's game because of an ankle injury. 

Wiz had to leave the Rams game in the first half and did not return. He missed practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday. 

"We'll see where he's at today," head coach Doug Pederson said on Friday. 

After Wisniewski came out of the Rams game, he was replaced by Chance Warmack, who was then replaced by Isaac Seumalo. 

It sounds like Warmack will have the first chance to play this weekend if Wisniewski can't go. 

"We've worked Chance at that position this week," Pederson said. "Isaac has obviously gotten some reps really at all the positions but that would be the most logical."

Seumalo actually began the season as the team's starting left guard after he won the position in the offseason. From there, Warmack got the first crack at replacing him when he was benched, but Warmack couldn't keep the job, eventually giving way to a rotation before Wisniewski simply took over. The line has been much better since Wiz took over the starting job in Week 3. 

Alshon Jeffery and Steven Means, who both missed Thursday's practice with illnesses, will be back on the practice field on Friday. Both should be fine for this weekend's game. 

The Eagles will practice outside in 28-degree weather on Friday as they prepare for Sunday's outdoor game at MetLife Stadium. 

No word on the condition of the recycling can Jason Kelce kicked inside the bubble after getting cleated on Thursday. At least the outdoor practice will give it another day of rest.