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Gunn-On-One: Corey Clement talks about not being elevated to feature back status

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Gunn-On-One: Corey Clement talks about not being elevated to feature back status

It was assumed that Corey Clement would move into a feature back role, but that has not been the case. 

We discussed how Clement feels about that and more in this week’s Gunn-on-One.

Gunn: Since Jay Ajayi has gone down, you’ve had only 24 touches. How frustrating is it that your role hasn’t increased even more so?

Clement: Being put in the situations, I try not to put my stats first. I try to be a team-oriented player every time I step out there regardless of the amount of touches I get. For those who do know, every time I get a chance I try to make an impact as much as possible because just around the league, not everybody gets their fair share of the ball as much as they should. That’s just the nature of the business, but when you do get a shot, it’s always good to leave a positive note. When you do get a chance and make an opportunity count, that’s when you know you can definitely be trusted.

Gunn: Jacksonville is a team like yourselves. Everybody projected them to be this Super Bowl contender. They’ve been struggling to stay afloat. When you look at their defense they’ve got talent across the board. What jumps out at you even though they’re struggling right now?

Clement: Jacksonville is a sound defense. Great defensive front. Probably one of the top defenses we play this year. Regardless of their record, that’s not who they truly are, just like us. I think it’s going to be a great matchup that we get a chance to display in London for the first time. It’s going to be a fun time, an awesome trip, but at the same time, we are going there to win. I really don’t want to get caught up in the travel experiences. We want to go out at Wembley Stadium and be victorious.

My extended conversation with Clement comes your way Sunday between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Eagles Pregame Live on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Or watch our pre and postgame shows on the #MyTeams Philadelphia sports app. 

I’ll be on live before and after the game from across the pond. Cheerio! 

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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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