Howie Roseman strongly denies report Carson Wentz was affected by elbow soreness

Howie Roseman strongly denies report Carson Wentz was affected by elbow soreness

Howie Roseman on Thursday morning strongly denied a published report saying that rookie quarterback Carson Wentz was hindered by soreness in his throwing elbow last season.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing unnamed sources, reported Wednesday that Wentz experienced soreness in his right elbow during the season that team officials believed was related to poor mechanics.

Roseman, speaking from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Thursday morning on the 94 WIP morning show, was asked about the report.

"Not true. Not true. Not true," he said. "Two words: Not true."

Wentz threw 607 passes last year, second-most in NFL history by a quarterback and the most in NFL history.

During one eight-game stretch -- from the first Dallas game through the Ravens game -- he threw 355 passes (44 per game).

Only six quarterbacks in NFL history -- Tommy Kramer, Drew Bledsoe, Peyton Manning, Warren Moon, Philip Rivers and Matt Stafford -- have ever thrown more passes in any eight-game stretch. None of them were rookies.

Roseman said every player in the NFL at the end of the season experiences some soreness but strongly denied that Wentz experienced anything that affected his play.

"There was no issue at all," he said. "I mean, listen, it's the NFL, are there players on our team who are sore? And you know, you throw a ball a lot, are you sore at some point in time? Nothing that came to any of our attention."

The Inquirer piece quoted Pederson saying that he told Wentz to get away from football after the season: "Take time off. Get away. Get healthy. Get fresh. Get rejuvenated."

But Roseman said that was Pederson's message to the entire team and had nothing to do with Wentz's health.

"What Coach said, and he said it to all our players, is, 'Get away from football, relax, it's a long season.'

"And when you think about Carson and his whole process, that started really at the Senior Bowl. He's at the Senior Bowl, he's throwing that whole week, he's at the combine, he's doing all his pro days, he's going through all the whole offseason.

"(Pederson is) like, 'Stop throwing, get away from throwing.' But I can tell you when I read that story and it was forwarded to me -- because I try not to read anything -- we had a conversation with our doctors, our trainers, our head coach.

"Not true."

Report: Eagles work weight incentive into LeGarrette Blount's contract

Report: Eagles work weight incentive into LeGarrette Blount's contract

The Eagles' biggest back might be getting a bit smaller in the coming weeks.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Field Yates, LeGarrette Blount has an incentive in his contract with the Eagles that will net him $50,000 if he weighs in between 240 and 245 pounds when the team reports for training camp on July 24. Blount's one-year deal carries a $1.25 million cap, including a $900,000 base salary as well as a $200,000 signing bonus.

Currently, the Eagles' website lists the two-time Super Bowl champion running back at 6-foot, 250 pounds — at least 30 pounds heavier than any back currently on the roster. 

When asked how much he weighs at an introductory press conference last month, Blount responded, "The weight I need to be at."

Weight clauses have become more and more common, especially with running backs. Seattle's Eddie Lacy earned $55,000 in May when he tipped the scales at 255 pounds (or fewer) and the Seahawks' bruising back will have the chance to earn another $330,000 over the course of six more weigh-ins through the end of the regular season.

The same goes for Atlanta defensive lineman Dontari Poe, who could bank as much as $500,000 in bonuses if he slims down to 330 pounds from his listed 346 pounds.

Eagles have NFL's best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus

Eagles have NFL's best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus

Thanks to Lane Johnson’s suspension and a few injuries, the Eagles' offensive line unit wasn’t what most expected it to be in 2016. Should things go according to plan on the O-line in 2017, expectations are high. For Pro Football Focus, they’re as high as it gets.

PFF ranked the Eagles’ O-line No. 1 in the entire league heading into this season, citing the fact that it has the “fewest holes.”

Center Jason Kelce is considered their biggest question mark, but even though his abilities have faded a bit with age, he hasn’t missed a snap in two seasons. That has to count for something.

Allen Barbre and second-year Eagle Brandon Brooks, who allowed just one sack last season, complete the line’s interior. Then, of course, the tackle tandem of Jason Peters and Lane Johnson is hard to beat. PFF says Johnson, when on the field, was the best right tackle last season. Johnson would agree.

Even beyond the first-team unit, the Eagles have experience. Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Isaac Seumalo both saw unexpected snaps as rookies last season because of the reshuffling. That should help moving forward.

Rounding out PFF’s top three are the Browns and Steelers. Cleveland boosted its corps by signing J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler in free agency. The Steelers had the best unit during the second half of last season.

More notably for Eagles fans, the Cowboys come in at No. 9 in PFF’s rankings after owning one of the league’s best O-lines in recent years. Ronald Leary and Doug Free are gone, and La’el Collins’ move to right tackle is not a sure bet for success.

Washington sits two slots below at No. 11. PFF considers continuity the 'Skins' greatest strength — they return all five O-line starters from last season and four of five from 2015.

And the Giants, well, it’ll take some scrolling to reach their spot on the list: No. 28. Left tackle Ereck Flowers was the worst among his position in pressures allowed as a rookie. Eli Manning could be in for a busy season.