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Eagles QB Carson Wentz cleared for contact, will start Week 3 vs. Colts

Eagles QB Carson Wentz cleared for contact, will start Week 3 vs. Colts

He’s baaack.

Carson Wentz has been cleared for contact and will start in Week 3 against the Colts.

The Eagles’ offense will get a huge boost from having their MVP candidate back in action.

Wentz, 25, missed the first two games of the 2018 season while still recovering from that torn ACL and LCL he suffered Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. It was a long and arduous rehab process, but Wentz attacked it. His original goal was to play in Week 1, but he wasn’t yet cleared. Head coach Doug Pederson said once Wentz was cleared, there was no decision to be made. "We drafted him to be our guy," Pederson said. 

Wentz seems pretty thrilled about getting back. 

"He's excited. He's ready," Pederson said. "In his mind, he was probably ready a month ago."

All along, the Eagles made it very clear that they were always going back to Wentz. That wasn’t going to change even if Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles lit it up to start this season. Wentz is the franchise quarterback. The Eagles see a longterm future with him, which is why they’ve been so cautious about his return. 

Back in training camp, Wentz looked really good and competed in 11-on-11 drills early before the Eagles held him out for a few weeks. In the weeks leading up to the season, until that final game week, Wentz and Foles were splitting practice reps 50-50. Whichever quarterback is starting that week really needs the full complement of reps going into a game. So the Eagles have had a little bit of a challenge keeping Wentz read while Foles has played. Wentz has been running the scout team.

In the first two games of the 2018 season, Foles has led the Eagles to a 1-1 record. He has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 651 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His stats on Sunday against the Bucs looked much better than he played.

While Foles will always be a hero in Philadelphia for quarterbacking the Eagles during the Super Bowl run, he just isn’t as talented as Wentz. He can’t do the same things.

Foles, on Sunday after the loss, said he’s prepared to do anything the coaching staff asks. That means he’ll happily start the rest of the season or stand on the sideline and cheer on Wentz. The two have a close relationship and friendship, which has made this unique situation tenable.

It is worth wondering what kind of player Wentz will be in his first game back. He hasn’t played in a game in a long time.

“We can’t expect [Wentz] to just put his Superman cape on and be his old self,” Zach Ertz said on Sunday night. “He’s going to be rusty. But we got a lot of good players on this team.”

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2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

Everyone knows the Eagles are in need of receivers, but what happens if the top guys are all off the board? 

In his latest mock draft, Andrew Kulp explores that possibility. He has the top four receivers in the class going in the top 20, which leaves the Eagles to find a new strategy. 

So the Birds don’t get a top-notch receiver but they do get an athletic and versatile player at a clear position of need. 

Here’s the latest mock draft from Kulp: 

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles miss out on first-round receiver 

 

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

As a bunch of people try to figure out ways to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens offered his driveway sit-up routine that he made famous back in 2005. 

In a tweet on Monday, Owens tagged a bunch of celebrities in the post and included NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, which lead to a lengthy interview on Tuesday. 

Of course, Clark had to bring up Owens’ response to one fan who asked why he didn’t tag Donovan McNabb in the workout tweet. 

Yeah, the gloves are off, but they’ve been off for a while. 

Here’s what Owens had to say: 

I’m just trying to have fun with the situation. I think everybody is aware of how … I wouldn’t say toxic, our relationship is, but at this point, it is what it is. I really considered him a friend, a teammate at one point in time. Over the years, I think the relationship has deteriorated to the point to where right now, I just don’t care anymore. I’ve tried to be the bigger person in a situation but then recent events, he came out and did an interview and started bringing up and rehashing certain things. In the back of my mind, I’m like ’this is what he really kind of thought about me the whole entire time.’ Now I’m like ‘the hell with it.’ I’m just gonna go with whatever flows at this point.

Owens, 46, brought up an interview McNabb gave a couple months ago to Bleacher Report in which he said Owens’ antics were a “major distraction” for the team.

When Clark brought up the idea that maybe he could get the two together on a Zoom call to hash all this out, Owens said, “Absolutely not.” 

So there you have it. 

Anyway, Owens shared his workout plan on Monday and then got into a little detail about the original driveway press conference during his interview with Clark: 

“I just tried to make light of a situation, especially being sent home from Lehigh where I was in training camp,” Owens said. “Andy Reid and I, we kind of bumped heads and we clashed a little bit and we had a disagreement about something. He told me to go home and then when he told me that, he goes, ‘make sure you stay in shape.’ So that was really the reason behind me bringing the ab bench out.”

Owens said he didn’t expect to arrive to his Moorestown, New Jersey, home and see a bunch of media members. But he thought about a way to poke fun of the situation and the impromptu press conference with his then-agent Drew Rosenhaus came to mind. 

And now 15 years later, it’s providing a little levity during a tough time. 

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