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Eagles News: Carson Wentz is playing great on third down and thriving against the blitz

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Eagle Eye: Carson Wentz Thrives On Third Down Against The Redskins -
Third down was a huge area of success for the Eagles on Sunday. Wentz finished the afternoon 9-of-11 on third down, throwing for 148 yards and two touchdowns with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3.

Eagles-Redskins Final Score: 13 things we learned from Philadelphia’s victory over Washington - BGN
Remember when I said the Eagles’ defensive line is gonna EAT? Well, guess what? They were absolutely feasting on Sunday. Brandon Graham was a beast. He finished with four tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two quarterback hits, and one forced fumble that ended up clinching the win for Philly. Fletcher Cox was the man who returned Graham’s strip-sack for the touchdown. Cox forced a fumble of his own earlier in the game while rushing from a defensive end position. Tim Jernigan showed up with a big sack on Cousins along with 1.5 tackles for loss. This Eagles defensive line is going to make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks if they can keep generating this kind of pressure. Washington’s offensive line was one of the best pass protecting units last year so this is a real encouraging performance from Philadelphia’s front four.

Carson Wentz Provides Enough Magic For An Eagles Win -
ohn and James recap an exciting, and at times frustrating, 30-17 Eagles win over Washington. The guys break down the win from every angle, beginning with the biggest positive they took away from it -- this Eagles defensive line is really good. John and James discuss the strong play from the front four, and what it could mean for the team over the course of the season.

Eagles may have a dangerous deep threat in Torrey Smith, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
Torrey Smith only had three passes come his way in his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins Week 1, only one of which he caught, for a gain of 30 yards. While his production may have been quiet on TV on Sunday, he made an impact on the game film that future Eagles opponents will study. On two of Smith's targets, he was able to get open deep down the field, but Carson Wentz missed him. The first time Smith got open was on the first play of the game, when Doug Pederson ran play action and took a shot deep down the field. Smith toasted Redskins corner Josh Norman, but had to slow up for the underthrown ball.

Upon further review: Carson Wentz's third-down brilliance - The Athletic
The numbers tell the story: 9-for-11 for 148 yards and two touchdowns. That translates to a perfect passer rating of 158.3. On the first drive, he improvised and found Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard touchdown on third down. On the last drive of the first half, Wentz hit Zach Ertz on a 12-yard completion on 3rd-and-10. He then connected with Agholor on 3rd-and-6. In the third quarter, Wentz found Torrey Smith for a 30-yard completion on 3rd-and-10. And in the fourth, he had conversions to Wendell Smallwood and Ertz. Wentz wasn't perfect. He missed Smith on two deep balls. On the first one, Doug Pederson said Wentz's foot slipped. And on the second one, he overthrew Smith. He also was off-target on three different throws to Agholor. But his improvisational skills were impressive, and his performance on third down was nearly flawless.

Injury Update - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles seem to be pumping the brakes on the idea of Darby definitely being back in 4 to 6 weeks. Is that cause for concern? The Eagles might just be playing this conservatively. If they push the 4 to 6 week narrative, that puts pressure on them and Darby to make that schedule. If they leave things open-ended, there isn’t as much pressure. Pederson surprised me when he talked at his press conference about wanting to leave Patrick Robinson in the slot. I thought for sure Robinson would move outside, with Dexter McDougle taking over in the slot. The Eagles can leave Robinson inside and use either Jaylen Watkins or rookie Rasul Douglas outside. Neither is an optimal move. We’ll have to wait and see how the team wants to play this.

Eagles still running away from the running game - Inquirer
“Obviously, at the end of the day, it’s not good enough,” Pederson said. “The running game is not good enough. We pride ourselves on running the football here and we’ve got backs and linemen and tight ends, really, that can help us do that.” That pride in running the ball apparently comes more often during news conferences than when plays are called, because this has been a pattern under Pederson. There’s a reason Carson Wentz unloaded a franchise-record 607 passes last season. The Eagles rushed in just more than 40 percent of their offensive plays last season, creating a ratio that shows far more pride in the pass.

Possible kicker options for Eagles to replace injured Caleb Sturgis - CSN Philly
Word broke Monday after Doug Pederson’s press conference that kicker Caleb Sturgis is expected to miss several weeks with a quad strain in his plant leg. The Eagles signed Sturgis on Sept. 28, 2015 following a season-ending injury to Cody Parkey and he's been a solid addition ever since, eventually beating out Parkey for the job. With the Eagles, Sturgis has converted 56 of 66 field goal attempts — with a long of 55 yards — and 66 of 70 extra points. There were 14 NFL kickers cut by NFL teams this preseason. Here’s a look at all 14 and who could be available for the Birds.

QB performances that will live on, and those that won't - ESPN
Wentz is still a work in progress. It will be great if he can perform his Wilson impression on a weekly basis, but it's more plausible that Wentz won't be spinning away from free rushers and firing 60-yard strikes from game to game. He's going to have to take advantage of these windows and hit these big plays. The deep pass was the big concern about Wentz after his rookie season, given that the Eagles starter was 24th in QBR and 26th in passer rating on throws 16-plus yards downfield last year. The new receivers were supposed to solve those problems, but Wentz left two long scores to be had against Washington. Nobody hits 100 percent of those passes, but Wentz's execution on big plays could be what determines whether the former second overall pick turns into a good quarterback or a superstar.

Philadelphia Eagles' Doug Pederson insists he and Jim Schwartz have 'great relationship' - PennLive
"Jim and I have always had a great relationship," Pederson said. "I don't know what to tell you. Jim and I have always had a great relationship. Even yesterday, communication is always there. We talk quite a bit during the week."

Brandon Graham starts 2017 as strong as he was in 2016 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles edge defender Brandon Graham began the 2017 season on a mission to prove his 2016 was no fluke. He once again trailed only Oakland’s Khalil Mack in overall PFF grade (90.5 to 93.0), exactly as the pair finished the 2016 season.

Sergio Dipp was the best part of the ‘Monday Night Football’ broadcast - SB Nation
ESPN’s Monday Night Football has a new look. For one, former Bills and Jets head coach Rex Ryan is in the booth. Beth Mowins, the first woman to call play-by-play in an NFL game in 30 years, is also in the booth. But among these changes, the early star of this new squad has to be Sergio Dipp. Early in the broadcast, cameras cut to Dipp on the sidelines as he talked about Vance Joseph. But it was different from most sideline reports. Dipp was a little nervous.


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