King’s Training Camp Tour Included Visits with the Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets
“I can’t say 100 percent that I’ll be out there.” – Wentz on Returning for Week 1
Eagles TE Zach Ertz Breaks Down His Super Bowl-Winning Touchdown Catch in “What I Learned”
“The secret is, there’s no secret. There’s hard work.” – Steelers HC Mike Tomlin on WR Antonio Brown’s Success
“Football Morning in America” Runs Every Monday Exclusively on NBCSports.com
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 30, 2018 – Peter King’s third edition of “Football Morning in America” on NBCSports.com includes visits with the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New York Jets as part of his annual training camp tour. This week’s column features interviews with Eagles QB Carson Wentz on potentially returning for Week 1, Steelers WR Antonio Brown on working his craft, and this week’s “What I Learned” with Eagles TE Zach Ertz.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of “Football Morning in America”:
- Wentz on if he’ll be ready for Week 1: “I feel good. What my goal has been all along is to be ready Week 1. I can’t say 100 percent that I’ll be out there. But I do feel good where I’m at. At the end of the day, it’s not gonna be my call. It’s gonna be up to the doctors. But rehab’s gone really well. I felt like I’ve been right on schedule and everything. I feel good with where I’m at.”
- Ertz on Wentz’s progress: “Same ball he always throws. Looks like he’s moving great. But there’s no need to make a decision now. We don’t play for 40 days.”
- Steelers WR Trey Griffey, son of Ken Griffey, Jr., on Antonio Brown: “He’s a 99 in Madden – I mean, the top of his game. He’s working like he’s trying to win a job. He does it every day. So you don’t really wonder why he’s so great.”
- Tomlin on the impact Brown’s work ethic has on the entire team: “It provides unbelievable clarity of what it takes to be great. The secret is, there’s no secret. There’s hard work.”
- Jets LB Darron Lee on New England: “I don’t even set them as the standard. There’s more than one way to get there. They have their way to success. We want to have our version of it. We’re distinct, different. We’re not just doing things the quote-unquote Patriots Way. It’s like what the Eagles said last year at the Super Bowl: The Patriots’ standard isn’t the only standard. There’s more than one way to win, more than one way to build an organization.”
- Baltimore QB Joe Flacco on the Ravens drafting Lamar Jackson: “There’s definitely a certain feeling you have. I don’t know if it’s the worst feeling in the world, but it’s definitely means something. There’s definitely a little bit of a message in there.”
- Ertz on catching the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LII: “It would be a tough argument to say that coach [Bill] Belichick’s not the best coach of all time. Obviously Bill Walsh is up there, but in this day and age, Bill Belichick is the gold standard. But we love our coach, Doug Pederson. Guys really, really love playing for him, as you can tell when we take the field every Sunday. But beating the Patriots really makes the play and the result just so cool. We beat the gold standard of NFL teams that’s won five Super Bowls in the past 20 years.”
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A new “Football Morning in America” will post every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com. It was announced in May that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on NBCSN’s and NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.