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After being waived by Eagles, DeAndre Carter claimed by Houston Texans

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After being waived by Eagles, DeAndre Carter claimed by Houston Texans

If the Eagles were planning on bringing DeAndre Carter back to their practice squad, they won’t be able to now. 

Because of his status in the league, Carter was subject to waivers and the Houston Texans have claimed the 25-year-old receiver/return man. 

Carter had never been on an NFL 53-man roster before this season and now he was valuable enough that a different team wanted to claim him. Unfortunately for the Eagles, it means he won’t be back right now. 

The Eagles waived Carter on Tuesday, which signaled that Darren Sproles is set to return. Doug Pederson said on Wednesday that he expects Sproles to play Sunday, which means the Eagles no longer needed Carter as a punt returner. And after signing Golden Tate, they were carrying six receivers instead of five. 

During his time with the Eagles this season, Carter caught two passes for 21 yards, but became the team’s primary punt and kick returner. He averaged 20.4 yards per kick return and 10.3 yards per punt return. 

As the Texans claimed Carter, they released return man Tyler Ervin, who had been averaging just 8.3 yards per punt return. It seems like the Texans think they found an upgrade. 

Earlier in the season when the Eagles waived Carter, he cleared waivers and was then added to their practice squad. That won’t happen this time, but he’ll be able to get some playing time with a different NFL team, one that has won six straight games. 

The Eagles host the Texans in Week 16 at the Linc.

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Reacting to the Carson Wentz story

Eagle Eye Podcast: Reacting to the Carson Wentz story

Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks discuss the Carson Wentz story from PhillyVoice. Regardless of how factual the story was, this will add pressure on Wentz next season.

The guys react to a thrilling and extremely controversial championship weekend in the NFL. How much of an officiating problem does the NFL have?

1:00 - Initial thoughts on the Carson Wentz story from PhillyVoice.
7:00 - Derrick's in the locker room daily. What is the environment there?
11:00 - Added pressure on Wentz next season.
16:00 - Saints get jobbed.
23:00 - Patriots are amazing.

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Lane Johnson replaces Tyron Smith on NFC Pro Bowl roster

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Lane Johnson replaces Tyron Smith on NFC Pro Bowl roster

Lane Johnson finally got the Pro Bowl nod he deserves.

Johnson will replace injured Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith in the annual AFC-NFC All-Star game, scheduled for this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Johnson was originally snubbed when the team was announced in December.

This is Johnson’s second straight Pro Bowl selection. He was unable to play last year because the Eagles were on their way to the Super Bowl.

Johnson is the fifth Eagle now represented on the NFC Pro Bowl team. Brandon Brooks, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox were on the original roster and Malcolm Jenkins was also an injury replacement. 

The Eagles’ current starting line now has a total of 13 Pro Bowls to their name. Jason Peters has been picked to seven and Johnson, Brooks and Jason Kelce two apiece.

That’s a far cry from the nearly two-decade period from 1982 through 2000, when the Eagles didn’t have a single offensive lineman selected to a Pro Bowl.

After serving a 10-game suspension for a positive test for a banned substance in 2016, his second suspension, Johnson vowed that he would be as good a player without taking supplements as he was before his suspensions.

Since then he’s played two full seasons and made the Pro Bowl in each one.

The Eagles are 26-9 with Johnson in uniform during the regular season since 2016 and 50-29 with him in uniform since the Eagles drafted him in the first round in 2013. Including the playoffs, they’re 54-30 when Johnson plays. 

Johnson has a Pro Bowl escalator in his contract, which increases the base salary of each remaining year of his contract by $500,000, so his base goes from $790,000 this year to $840,000 and increases by $500,000 the next three years also — to $11,150,000 in 2019, $9,335,000 in 2020 and $8,815,000 in 2021.

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