Another Eagles Starter Sounds Off on Dirty Pro Bowl Diss

Javon Hargrave

Getty Javon Hargrave has recorded a career-high 7.5 sacks in 2021 but missed out on the Pro Bowl.

Another Philadelphia Eagles player snubbed from the Pro Bowl has spoken out. It’s becoming a common theme at the NovaCare Complex. Players are pissed off about not being rewarded for career years.

Lane Johnson let his feelings on the subject be known on Wednesday. One day later, it was Javon Hargrave’s turn to vent. The soft-spoken defensive tackle expressed disappointment over the slight, but he’s channeling it in a positive direction. Hargrave is using it as motivation instead of crying about it.

“Of course, I was disappointed when it first came out,” Hargrave told reporters, “but I think, like Coach Rock [Eagles defensive line coach Tracy Rocker] always preaches to us, ‘use things to find an edge on the football field,’ so that’s one of those things that I just take forth and use when I go out there on the field now.”

Hargrave had a fast and furious start to the 2021 campaign after racking up six sacks in the first five weeks. The former Pittsburgh Steeler has cooled off considerably, although his 7.5 total sacks is a new career-high. Again, more fuel for the fire.

“It’s just extra motivation for you,” Hargrave said. “Not saying we’re not motivated, it just adds to the fuel, especially when guys like that [Lane Johnson] and myself don’t make the Pro Bowl. You just take that in and use it as motivation more than letting it beat you up on the inside.”

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“I’ll keep those goals to myself until I accomplish them,” Smith said.

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“The main thing is just going out there and continuing to be me,” Smith said. “As long as I do my job and the things that I’m supposed to do, whatever is supposed to happen is going to happen.”

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“It happened on kick return [on December 26],” Gainwell said, “and I’m doing great right now.”

Gainwell has seen his role increase and decrease throughout his first professional season at random. Now the Eagles have added Kerryon Johnson back into the mix, so there’s no telling how many touches he’ll see against Washington. Or if the team even keeps him active. Doesn’t matter. He’ll be ready for whatever role they need from him.

“I have a gameplan every week,” Gainwell said. “Once I step foot in the building on Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings, I come in every day and attack. It’s next man up. I’m ready for whatever.”

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