Ertz on practice squad players: ‘Proud of all of those dudes for finding a way to get better’

How the Philadelphia Eagles season ended kind of sums up what they were in 2019, which was a banged up football team, and unfortunately, against the Seahawks in the NFC Wild-Card game, they lost their starting QB Carson Wentz to a concussion, and while 40-year-old backup QB Josh McCown tried his best, it was not enough, as the Eagles fell to Seattle 17-9 at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. 

Because of the many injuries, Philadelphia had to rely on their practice squad, and two guys that stood out were WR Greg Ward and RB Boston Scott. The Eagles, who won their last four games of the season to win the NFC East and make the playoffs, don’t accomplish that without Ward or Scott.

After Sunday’s loss, Eagles Pro Bowl TE Zach Ertz, who battled through a rib injury and lacerated kidney, discussed how proud he was of the team and the practice squad players.

“I feel like the past four weeks, the way this team rallied together is what I look at,” Ertz said. “You are down 17-3 against the Giants, and if we lose that game, the season is pretty much over. Guys never pointed fingers, guys never question what is going on or why are we dealing with so many injuries. Guys just got back to work, and it is a testament to all of the guys for being prepared.

“Everyone wants to say, why don’t we have a nickname for the practice squad guys, but they are just great football players,” Ertz continued. “That is the bottom line. Proud of all of those dudes for finding a way to get better. Greg Ward [Eagles WR], what a player. The work he has put in, in his preparation, and the lack of ego the guy has that asks me pregame questions about running routes and catching footballs. I am like dude, you got this, and you are a great player. Extremely proud of all of the guys.”

While winning the Super Bowl makes for a successful season, the Eagles can be proud of what they accomplished in 2019. After all the injuries, getting to the playoffs was huge for them. However, based on how the game went against the Seahawks, you could only wonder what would have happened if Wentz was healthy for the whole game.

Sadly, for Eagles fans, no one will ever know.

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