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Cameras capture heartwarming moment as Carson Wentz meets his biggest fan battling incredibly rare disease

Cameras capture heartwarming moment as Carson Wentz meets his biggest fan battling incredibly rare disease

Carson Wentz was dazzling spectators with his big arm on the first day of Eagles training camp on Thursday. On Friday, Wentz got a chance to show off just how big his heart is too.

Wentz met 11-year-old Giovanni Hamilton who has an incredibly rare disease known as Schwartz Jampel Syndrome. It’s a disease characterized by abnormalities of skeletal muscle, bone and cartilage that affects less than 100 people in the world.

Giovanni’s chance to meet Wentz on the sidelines at the NovaCare Complex was an emotional one. The young boy who is in a wheelchair reached out for and received a big hug from Carson.

“You’re my hero,” Giovanni told Wentz.

We spoke with Giovanni’s mother, Shannon Algarin, about how important Wentz has been to Giovanni’s battles through 12 different surgeries ranging from his eyes, ankles and hips, to his most recent surgery to distract (break and lengthen) his jaw because it wasn’t growing on its own.

“Carson was the inspiration,” Shannon told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “He said, ‘Mom, if Carson can come back from his knee and back injuries, I can do this.’

“That’s why this moment meant everything to Giovanni.”

When the family was planning to come to camp today, they didn’t know Giovanni would get the chance to meet his hero, but they certainly hoped it would happen.

“Just to see Carson standing down the line and know he was coming, it just built up all of the emotions,” Shannon said.

We were also lucky enough to ask Giovanni about what it was like to meet his hero today.

“It meant everything. It was amazing,” Giovanni said. “It meant a lot to me. [Wentz] is so strong and that inspired me to be strong.”

To those who say “never meet your hero,” I say fooey. Meet Carson Wentz and meet Giovanni Hamilton.

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Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Lane Johnson is a Pro Bowler after all.

Johnson, snubbed in the original Pro Bowl announcement, has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an alternate, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio.

This is Johnson’s third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. There was no word on which offensive lineman dropped out of the game.

It was a little surprising that Johnson didn't make the team initially. He's considered one of the NFL's most dominating right tackles and was a first-team all-pro in 2017.

He didn't seem thrilled when the original team was announced a month ago:

Johnson missed the last three games of the regular season and the playoff loss to the Seahawks with a high ankle sprain, and it’s unknown whether he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.

But for the purposes of bonuses and status, he’s now officially a three-time Pro Bowler.

Johnson becomes the seventh offensive lineman in Eagles history selected to three or more Pro Bowls.

Jason Peters was picked to seven between the 2009 and 2016 seasons. Tra Thomas, Bob Brown, Bucko Kilroy, Jason Kelce, Jim Ringo and Brandon Brooks have all been picked to three.

The 29-year-old Johnson becomes the Eagles’ sixth Pro Bowler, joining Brooks, Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz and Rick Lovato.

Johnson, the fourth pick in the 2013 draft, recently signed a contract extension that runs through 2025.

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Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

On Monday night, the Dolphins announced their 2020 coaching staff and there was a notable omission.

No Jim Caldwell.

So now the 65-year-old former head coach, OC and quarterbacks coach has plenty of free time if the Eagles want to interview him for their offensive coordinator opening (if they haven’t already).

According to ESPN, Caldwell is interested in coaching after missing the 2019 season for health reasons.

Shortly after the Eagles fired Mike Groh earlier this month, ESPN’s Tim McManus mentioned Caldwell and Kevin O’Connell as candidates. O’Connell has since joined the Los Angeles Rams as their offensive coordinator, a position that is somewhat like the one in Philly because the head coach is the primary play-caller.

Earlier on Monday, we learned that USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who interviewed with the Eagles, is expected to return to Southern California for next season. So cross him off the list.

Caldwell is an intriguing name because of his history with quarterbacks. It would make sense for the next offensive coordinator to be someone who could have a positive influence on Carson Wentz as he enters what should be the prime of his career.

While candidates like Harrell and Chiefs offensive coordinator Mike Kafka are fast-risers in the coaching world, Caldwell has been coaching longer they’ve been alive. He has an impressive resume.

Caldwell has been an NFL head coach twice (Colts and Lions) and was the quarterbacks coach with the Colts from 2002-08. Peyton Manning went to nine straight Pro Bowls with Caldwell coaching him.

The Eagles are taking their time choosing a coach but their brass is in Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl and that can often be an opportunity to meet with several coaches within a few days. It would make plenty of sense if Caldwell is on their list; and now his schedule should be wide open.

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