Adding to the feeding frenzy that defines any week leading up to a Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys clash, Eagles center Jason Kelce threw a pancake block on the Cowboys and their fans during an interview with the WIP Morning Show Wednesday.
“I would say mostly I just … think a lot of players, in particular, me, just don't really like the franchise, the organization, what it stands for, what it’s always stood for,” he said. “This goes back to the lockout when they were getting replacement players, how outspoken the Dallas Cowboys franchise was in ending that.
“I’ve just never really appreciated what the organization and what its fans really stood for — a lot of fair-weather people from across the country that just kind of fell in love because they’re winners instead of having any type of emotional connection to the team whatsoever.”
Kelce did temper his remarks by saying he doesn’t actually have any dislike for many of the players themselves.
"There’s a ton of players they got that I got a lot of respect for — Sean Lee, Travis Frederick, unfortunately, is going through some serious health concerns, but he’s a tremendous player,” Kelce said. “I’ve got some respect for some of their guys. It’s most of the organization that you don’t like.”
Oddly, Kelce was absent from practice on Wednesday, though it was not because of injury, according to the team.
That didn’t stop left tackle Jason Peters, who agreed to a rare interview after practice, from resembling that remark, so to speak.
“I know I don’t like the Cowboys … or the Redskins or the Giants,” Peters said. “So I mean, they’re division opponents and we look forward to playing them Sunday.”
What is it about the Cowboys specifically that he dislikes?
“It’s just the arrogance, the organization, everybody, America’s Team,” Peters said. “Right now they’re not winning, so let’s see how many people jump off their bandwagon or stay with them.
“We’ll see Sunday, try to get that `W’ over them.”
Ertz weighs in
Count tight end Zach Ertz in on the move to add wide receiver Golden Tate at the trade deadline.
Ertz on Wednesday reiterated his support of executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman’s continuous effort to improve the roster.
“Obviously we won one [Super Bowl] last year,” Ertz said, “but I don’t think anyone in this building, anyone in this city is satisfied with one. So I think guys really respect how he goes about his business. He’s always looking for ways to get better. It doesn’t matter if it’s sacrificing a third-round draft pick this year because you could get it down the road — I don’t even know how the [compensatory draft pick] system works, but we’re always looking for ways to improve our team, and adding a guy like Golden can only help.”
Ertz also took time to reflect on the rivalry with the Cowboys and how he, like so many of his teammates, have such a disdain for them.
“It’s special,” he said. “They don’t like us, we don’t like them. There’s no high-fiving, acknowledging each other. It’s about business. This is my 11th time playing them. I know they don’t like me and I know I don’t like them, so it’s a special feeling playing against them.
“It’s going to be a playoff atmosphere Sunday night at the Linc. It feels like we haven’t had a home game in forever.”
Nickel du jour
He was claimed off waivers on Tuesday to replace the man who had taken basically all the snaps at nickel cornerback two weeks in a row, but Cre’von LeBlanc is unsure if he’ll be the man the Eagles call on Sunday night in the wake of Dexter McDougle’s release and the likely inability of Sidney Jones to answer the bell as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
Asked if he was given first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice, which was closed to the media, LeBlanc replied: “I got reps here and there, whatever, but pretty much just taking mental reps and looking at the guys in front of me.”
LeBlanc said he just continues to bury himself in the playbook while “trying to see how they run things here.”
CB Sidney Jones (hamstring), C Jason Kelce (not injury related) and CB Jalen Mills (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
LB Nathan Gerry (ankle, knee), S Corey Graham (hamstring), T Lane Johnson (knee) and RB Darren Sproles (hamstring) were limited.
LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (thumb) and T Jason Peters (biceps) were full participants.