EARLY IN WEDNESDAY'S indoor Eagles practice, receivers were running pass patterns against air, except air was getting an assist from Doug Pederson, who crouched like a cornerback at the spot in the route where the receivers needed to break to the outside. As each receiver made his cut, Pederson extended his arms and gave a gentle push.
TERRELL WATSON was about 3 years old, he said, when his parents told him the truth: They were actually his grandparents. His mother, their then-15-year-old estranged daughter, had left him on their front porch in a basket, with some clothes, a few weeks after he was born.
WHAT HAS Carson Wentz accomplished, in his own eyes, and those of his teammates and coaches? A bit of context for Wentz's rookie season: The Eagles' first plan was for the No. 2 overall pick in the draft to not play at all. Their second plan was for him to throw maybe 25 times a game, with the defense and the ground attack taking much of the weight off the rookie's shoulders.
TERRENCE BROOKS was only on the field because Jaylen Watkins had left with a concussion. Brooks plays special teams, hadn't played a defensive snap all season before Thursday's second half, but Watkins was down and the Eagles were hanging on by wind-numbed fingertips to a win that had initially looked like it might come easy.
THE METRIC for most people, when the Eagles' season began, was that success would equate to growth and good health for Carson Wentz, assurance that the organization did the right thing when it traded up to draft its franchise quarterback second overall last spring.
NOTHING ABOUT this ordeal has been easy, for Lane Johnson or for the Eagles. So maybe it is fitting that Johnson will take the field Thursday night against the Giants, all of two practices and three days into his return from a 10-game PED suspension.
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THE FIRST thing Carson Wentz might think of doing this offseason is resting his arm. If Wentz throws more than 73 passes over the Eagles' final three games, he will set the franchise record for attempts. If he completes 30 of those, he will set the franchise record for completions. That's kind of a big deal: the franchise is closing the books on its 84th season.
THE EAGLES' defense played only 48 snaps Sunday. Connor Barwin was on the field for just 25 of them, 52 percent, the veteran defensive end's lowest total of the season, well below his 73 percent average.
NOT THEIR day. Not their year. In the final two minutes Sunday, Carson Wentz moved the Eagles 61 yards in nine plays, got them to Washington's 14-yard line with 21 seconds left, and dropped back to throw his 47th pass of the afternoon.