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'You can't beat science:' Jason Peters on Carson Wentz and slow-healing ACLs

'You can't beat science:' Jason Peters on Carson Wentz and slow-healing ACLs

Jason Peters and Carson Wentz lived parallel lives there for a while.

Peters tore his ACL in October of 2017 and Wentz tore his knee about six weeks later.

Both spent countless hours with the Eagles’ trainers, in the weight room, grinding tirelessly to try to get back for the 2018 season.

They did get there. But they just weren't quite the same.

Peters was back by Week 1 and Wentz by Week 3, but neither played the way they had before their injuries.

Peters started all 18 games but missed 238 snaps or an average of 13 per game. He missed plays in 11 of those 18 games and for the first time since 2006 he failed to make the Pro Bowl in a season in which he played more than seven games.

Wentz missed the first two games while rehabbing the knee and the last three plus the postseason with a back injury and although his stats were fine, he never had the explosion and fluidity that had him in the MVP race late in 2017.

Me and him were just talking yesterday about the knee,” Peters said. “You can’t beat science. When they say 16, 18 months, that’s what it’s going to take to try to come back. I came back I want to say eight (months) was training camp for me and 10 was the season and it just wasn’t as strong as I could get it, but I made it through the season not damaging it anymore.

Peters spoke after practice Tuesday with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark.

He said part of his motivation this year, which will be his 17th in the NFL, is to shut up the people who doubted him while he struggled through last season.

No doubt,” he said. “I finished up last year in the playoffs against the Saints and went out the last series, but we could have made another run to the Super Bowl. I just played all year last year hurt, you know, trying to just grind it out. I gave up a couple plays here and there and you know how it is in Philly: ‘He ain’t got it no more.’ It’s just a big comeback year for me. Just to show everybody I still got it. I shouldn’t have to. But I had a down year last year with that knee injury. … You know how it is. Every year you’ve got to have a good year here in Philly or you’re going to get down-talked.

Wentz and Peters both have plenty to prove.

Peters, who made the Pro Bowl all nine years from 2007 through 2016 that he played, wants to prove he’s still one of the NFL’s dominating left tackles.

And Wentz is trying to prove that his magical 13-game stretch to open the 2017 season wasn’t a fluke, and that he can lead a team deep into the playoffs like his pal Nick Foles.

Two torn ACLs, two healthy superstars, two guys with a lot at stake. 

Neither former Pro Bowler missed a snap during training camp because of an injury and both look fantastic with opening day 18 days before the season opener.

He’s smooth," Peters said of Wentz. "A whole lot smoother. Me as well. Coming off the knee injuries it takes a year plus to be 100 (percent) and I feel good, he feel good, he’s real smooth, he’s getting the ball out, throwing the ball as well as I’ve seen him throw it since his rookie year. The deep ball is real nice going to D-Jack. Every time I look up it’s a touchdown.

The Eagles won a Super Bowl without Wentz or Peters. They’re both doing everything they can to make sure they don't miss the next one.

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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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