“I’ll give you one thing that impressed me right off the bat,” Spagnuolo said. “He throws the ball as good going left as I’ve ever seen a right-handed quarterback do it. I think he’s really good at that.”
Almost unprompted, Spagnuolo raved about the Eagles’ rookie quarterback just as he finished talking for nine minutes about his defense and this week’s opponent. It was almost as if he was surprised by what he’s seen on film, and felt the need to share it.
“Look, Philadelphia, that is a good football team. I’m impressed with the quarterback. I really am,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect. I think they’re happy with what he’s doing.
“When you look at the schedule and all of a sudden they put a rookie quarterback in there early, everybody gets excited about playing a rookie quarterback if you’re on defense. But he doesn’t look like a rookie to me. He really doesn’t. Not the way he functions.”
It's only seven games into Wentz's first season, and he will have weeks - and years - to lead the Eagles on those drives and create his moments. Working in his favor is previous evidence of how Wentz responds in pressure-packed situations.
"You guys can check out the history on those," Wentz said.
In his redshirt junior season at North Dakota State, Wentz led the Bison on a six-play, 78-yard scoring drive to win the national championship over Illinois State. He rushed for an 5-yard touchdown to erase a four-point deficit.
North Dakota State advanced in the postseason that year because Wentz led an eight-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass with 54 seconds remaining to give North Dakota State a three-point victory over South Dakota State.
He also engineered a 10-play, 79-yard game-winning drive to beat Northern Iowa last season. Wentz threw an 18-yard touchdown with 35 seconds remaining for the win.
If you don't feel like doing the math in your head, that's 343 of Beckham's 630 yards (or 54.4 percent) in two games. In his other five? Just one touchdown and 243 yards (57.4 yards/game) on 25 receptions.
The question is, which Beckham shows up on Sunday? He's been a much better player at home, and that doesn't bode well for the Eagles, who have struggled on the road this season. If they can keep him from getting open deep down the field, that will go a long way towards beating the Giants. Because if we've learned anything from the Eagles, a whole bunch of short receptions are nice, but most likely not enough to win you the game. Beckham can have his catches, just so long as they don't turn in to big gains.
All the self-scouting and internal assessments of what went right and wrong for the Giants hasn’t create the need for an overhaul. The Giants (4-3) have a winning record. They’re in second place in the NFC East. Coach Ben McAdoo intends to “stick to the plan,” beginning Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
That means there will continue to be a ton of three-wide-receiver sets. There will be a similar quick-pass offense that gets the ball out of quarterback Eli Manning's hand quickly. There will be a defense that plays its starting defensive ends -- Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul -- almost every snap and uses endless bump-and-run, man-to-man coverage on the outside.
There will be some subtle changes, just not revamped philosophies or lineups.
NFL and Google team up for virtual reality - NFL Communications
This will be the NFL’s first foray into producing content in virtual reality, after having experimented with the technology last season. The series will also be the first episodic sports program in virtual reality.
“We are always looking for new ways to engage with our fans. Virtual reality is an emerging platform that enables content experiences with a truly unique vantage point that brings fans closer to the game,” said Vishal Shah, Senior Vice President, Digital Media at the NFL. “It’s an exciting new medium to explore as we look to evolve and grow our offerings, and this partnership with Google is an important step in that direction.”
The NFL Films series is currently in production and being shot using Jump, Google’s 360-degree camera and capture system. In the first episode of the series, viewers will spend a week with the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line as they prepare for the upcoming matchup and gain exclusive access to the Eagles bench and sideline on game day. Other episodes will give viewers the opportunity to tag along with the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, experience the distinctive football culture in Green Bay, and take a unique look inside the San Diego Chargers organization, to name a few.