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Eagles News: Jon Gruden says Carson Wentz reminds him of Randall Cunningham

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Jon Gruden: Carson Wentz 'Is Perfect' For Philadelphia -
“I’ve seen a lot of improvement. He’s made some great changes at the line of scrimmage. He’s fixed protections. He’s hand-signaled routes. He’s doing a lot at the line of scrimmage in year two of being in this system. His athleticism – strength in the pocket and scrambling ability – is underestimated,” Gruden said. "He avoids a lot of negative plays. He avoids sacks and hits, and he avoids bad plays by being able to get out of the rush. He reminds me of Randall Cunningham the way he’s scrambling. He’s won a couple of games with that ability alone. In the first meeting, he beat the Redskins on third-and-12 on the opening possession with a 60-yard bomb.”

This ESPN feature on Carson Wentz’s relationship with a boy who lost his fight to cancer will make you cry - BGN
Win it all for The Dutch Destroyer.

Jon Gruden tells high school players Carson Wentz is player they should strive to emulate - PhillyVoice
“The one thing about Wentz, he’s as tough as any guy I’ve seen in this league in a while," Gruden said, pointing to a specific series in the Birds' Week 5 win over the Cardinals when Wentz was popped by Brandon Mebane, only to come back and deliver a huge throw on the very next play. "The other thing I love about Wentz is his preparation is off the charts. This guy works at it hard. He studies, he’s really into it, and when he goes out and practices, it’s like a game. He is really into football, man. "I challenge you guys out here today, when you go back and start practicing, you remember Carson Wentz."

Early But Not Too Early - Iggles Blitz
If the Eagles can win this game, they’ll be up 2.5 games in the division. That doesn’t guarantee them anything, but every win is important. The NFL season only has 16 games so each W puts you closer to where you want to be. There is also the added bonus that the Eagles would be 3-0 in the division and would have a sweep of the Skins. If things went horribly wrong down the stretch, the Eagles would have that advantage over the Skins should they need it. A win would also keep the Eagles with the best record in the NFL and in the running for the top seed in the NFC.

Eagles’ Bradham admits date with Redskins isn’t ‘a normal game’ - Delco Times
Nigel Bradham made some eyeballs pop when he called the Eagles’ Monday night showdown with the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field (8:30, ESPN, WPHL17, WIP 94.1-FM) the “conference championship.” In a way, he was right. At this point the Redskins (3-2) currently seem like the only real NFC threat to the Eagles, who own a league-leading 5-1 record. A half-hour later the veteran linebacker was every bit as emphatic addressing the stakes in this heated rivalry matching the top teams in the NFC East. “It’s a championship game and that’s our mentality,” Bradham said. “It ain’t a normal game. And that’s how we approach it. We’ve got to play big. This is it for us.”

Eagles playbook: No defense for bad tacklers - Daily News
Two numbers bear that out. The first: the Eagles have given up the fifth-highest total of passing yards in the league through their first six games (273.5 per game). The second and much more significant one: they’re a respectable 13th in touchdown passes allowed (9) and have given up more than one in just two of their first six games. Schwartz hasn’t had many elite cover corners in the 16 years he’s been a coordinator and head coach. But he’s made sure he’s always had corners and safeties that could tackle. His current group is no exception.

The Fog, the Flag and the Football - The MMQB
Philadelphia 23, Washington 20. I love this game. It could be a bombs-away affair, but I think more likely the two play-callers will lean on ball-possession to win. The Eagles, with a dominating possession time (34:23) and resurgent back, have the edge. Since being invisible in the season’s first two weeks, LeGarrette Blount has rushed for 67, 136, 74 and 67 yards in the Eagles’ four-game win streak. “I never questioned that I’d have a big role here,” said Blount, whose 5.6-yards-per-rush is a career-best. “We didn’t play much as a first unit in the preseason, and it’s taken a while for some of the new guys to get their legs under them. But right now, I love it. The offensive line feeds on how I run the football. They obviously know that my game is to break tackles. They know I’ll make the right reads. They’re a great line.” They’ll need to be tonight. Washington’s allowing just 88 rushing yards per game.

How to bet Washington at Philadelphia - ESPN
The Redskins held off a late charge from the 49ers a week ago, while the Eagles come in with extra rest following a Thursday night victory over the Panthers. In their Week 1 meeting in Landover, Philadelphia had a 356-264 yardage edge in their 13-point victory. Despite Washington's solid 20-8 ATS mark as a division away 'dog since the start of 2007, the Eagles are arguably one of the league's best so far in 2017, with their only defeat coming against the Chiefs at Arrowhead. ATS pick: Lean on Philadelphia.

Eagles-Washington cheat sheet: Matchups, storylines & predictions - The Athletic
In the first matchup, when targeting Zach Ertz, Carson Wentz was 8-for-8 for 93 yards. Going into the week, Ertz led all tight ends with 34 catches for 405 yards (Travis Kelce has since edged ahead, but he played a seventh game Thursday night). In Week 1, Washington used both safeties — Swearinger and Deshazor Everett — to match up with Ertz. He beat them both on multiple occasions. Linebacker Mason Foster and cornerback Josh Norman got shots at Ertz also and didn't fare much better. Everett (questionable) has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, and his replacement, Montae Nicholson, could draw Ertz as well. Norman has been ruled out. Bottom line: Washington has been lousy against opposing tight ends, giving up 7.9 catches and 84.6 yards per game to them and ranking 27th in DVOA.

Nelson Agholor focused simply on having fun in midst of turnaround season - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Don't talk to Nelson Agholor about his stats. Don't even try. He doesn't want to hear about it. Here we are in Week 7, and Agholor needs 45 yards Monday night against the Redskins for a career receiving high. For a full season. His four touchdowns are already more than his combined career total of three from his first two years. His 16.1 yards per catch is 10th-best in the NFL and light years above his career high of 11.0 coming into the season. Impressed? “Not really," Agholor said. "I just look at how much fun I’m having and team success, and that’s the best part about this situation.

Hating with H8: Philadelphia Eagles Edition - Hogs Haven
Lolskins fans.

NFL draft order 2018: Tracking where picks change each week - SB Nation
It’s never too early to think about the 2018 NFL draft — especially if you’re a fan of one of the winless teams in the NFL. After more than six weeks of the 2017 season, that’s the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. For now, it’s the Browns in line to pick first in April, one spot ahead of the 49ers with the Giants sitting in third after getting their first win in Week 6. It was Cleveland and San Francisco in the first two spots last year, with the Browns taking Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall, and the 49ers sending their selection to Chicago.


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