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How the Dutch Destroyer and Carson Wentz helped save Max - ESPN
As Max was busy sprinting up and down the field scoring touchdowns, Wentz spent time with Gabrielle and Jerry. They shared the details of their story and offered Wentz a black “Team Maximus” bracelet, complete with a Batman symbol, which Wentz slipped onto his wrist next to his Dutch Destroyer bracelet. “It was cool. Seeing Max on the field was the best part, especially hearing how they said how sick he was and how he was struggling,” Wentz said. “I’m looking at this kid just running around, it’s 100 degrees out and he’s having the time of his life, doesn’t want to go in, doesn’t want to stop playing catch or kicking the ball, just to know how quick of a turnaround he made and how it really impacted him because they saw the story. And I know for Rebecca, it was emotional but inspiring at the same time, for the whole Kusters family, but it was just cool to kind of see God’s hand in the middle of all of it, because I truly believe he’s working through it. No matter how tough it is, God is doing something through it, and it’s cool to see it firsthand like that.”

Looking at the encouraging signs from Carson Wentz’s first game back - BGN
The Eagles’ franchise quarterback is still really good.

At the Podium #3.5: Schwartz & Groh Talk Eagles Week 3 Win - BGN Radio
Brand new press conferences that offer excellent insight to your Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles! Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz details how the Eagles held the Colts to 16 points and offensive coordinator Mike Groh talks about Carson Wentz’s glorious return and more!

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 4 edition - PhillyVoice
The Eagles’ offense does not look anything close to what it looked like a year ago. Obviously, the Birds have had to deal with significant absences, such as Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, Jason Peters, Mike Wallace, and Mack Hollins. Phase 1 was to play without those guys. So far so good on that one, as they’ve gone 2-1 despite dealing with major injuries. Phase 2 will be overcoming the rust, and getting everyone back on the same page. To be determined if and when they can get back to Phase 3, which we’ll call the 2017 version of this offense.

The Lifeblood - Iggles Blitz
One of the tried and true axioms in the football world is that the draft is the lifeblood of a team. You must draft well if you want to sustain success. Sure, you can cobble together a good roster of veterans, but you need young, cheap players to sustain success. Howie Roseman has done a spectacular job of making the big decisions. One of those was to hire Joe Douglas and Andy Weidl to come run the college scouting department for the Eagles. Giving up control of the draft wasn’t easy, but it was the right thing to do. Howie still has his say, but he’s smart enough to know the Eagles have built a great scouting staff and you have to let them do their thing. Recent drafts are looking pretty good.

The Scheme War Is Over - The Ringer
With the Eagles, Carson Wentz has, by design, run many plays he also ran at North Dakota State. Last October, he threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Corey Clement based on an NDSU play. Pederson told me he runs RPOs because he first studied them while coaching high school, then discussed them more with Alex Smith in Kansas City, who ran them in San Francisco with Jim Harbaugh. And then when Pederson arrived in Philadelphia, he picked the brains of the assistants left over from Chip Kelly. Another Kelly idea, the mesh concept, was used to convert a fourth down in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl when the Eagles trailed by one.

’Next Wave’ Of Eagles Stepping Up In 2018 - PE.com
Just like that, Goedert put himself in the Eagles’ rookie record books. After two games in which played only 17 snaps in each, Goedert became a valuable weapon on Sunday against Indianapolis. We tend to forget that it takes some time not only for a rookie to acclimate himself into an offense, it also takes the coaching staff time to integrate players into the scheme. So now Goedert is integrated. Teams now have film on him in the offense. There will be some adjustments made, but the switch has been flipped. “I knew that I would get my chance, Goedert said, “and I had to be ready to produce when my time came. I’m happy with the way it worked out.”

Upon further review: Tracking data shows Carson Wentz can still hit full speed - The Athletic
Throughout the rehab process, Doug Pederson mentioned how the Eagles were able to use data to see where Wentz was physically compared to last year. And the data from Wentz’s return to game action is encouraging. According to Next Gen stats, he reached a max speed of 18.25 mph on his 6-yard scramble at the end of the first half against the Colts. That run was faster than all but three of his runs last year and all but six of his runs in his entire career. This doesn’t factor in things like acceleration and change of direction, but when Wentz got going, he looked like his usual self. Wentz will continue to get more comfortable with wearing a brace and building confidence in his knee. But considering that this was his first game action since December, Wentz and the Eagles have to be encouraged by what the data showed.

Week 3 NFL Team of the Week - PFF
Interior Defensive Lineman: Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles – 90.9. Cox makes the Team of the Week again after another dominant performance up front for the defending Super Bowl Champions. From 41 pass-rushing snaps, he registered a sack and two hurries, and was a force against the run, with two tackles resulting in a defensive stop in that regard.

Week 3 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles rank 13th in DVOA.]

What are the odds? Titans vs. Eagles - Music City Miracles
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the mismatches and players missing for the Titans so far this year. Turns out, it hasn’t mattered. The defense has played at a pretty high level over the past two weeks and Matt LaFleur’s offense has done just enough with limited firepower to come out on top. With Marcus Mariota and Jack Conklin showing signs of improvement, this offense is finally getting healthy again. With question marks on the Eagles’ side lingering too, I’d probably have to roll with the Titans getting 3.5 points at home.

Former Michigan State LB Mike Labinjo dies at age 38 - MLive
Although he wasn’t selected in the NFL draft, Labinjo spent three years in the league (2004-06) and had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. He played 10 career games, including a Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots as rookie, and finished with 19 tackles and a forced fumble.

Saints Place Patrick Robinson on Injured Reserve - Canal Street Chronicles
He went down late in the win in Atlanta when he caught a cut block low and rolled up on his ankle. He was carted off the field and was initially diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. However it was later released that he broke his ankle and will miss a significant portion - if not the entirety - of the 2018 season.

NFL Panic Index 2018: All our Super Bowl favorites are in trouble - SB Nation
Dallas has been good on defense, even if they haven’t forced nearly enough turnovers. But goodness gracious is the Cowboys offense bad or what? For a while, it seemed like everyone trashing Dak Prescott was an overreaction, but now he’s at five consecutive starts without topping 200 passing yards. If he can’t get to 200 against the Lions and the streak reaches six in a row, he’d be the first since Nick Foles in 2015 and Tim Tebow in 2011 to be that unproductive for that long. Prescott’s putting up Brock Osweiler numbers, the vaunted Dallas offensive line looks like a shell of its former self, and Ezekiel Elliott is — for some reason — getting less than 20 touches per game. The Cowboys defense better start forcing turnovers, because it seems like they have just as good a chance at scoring points as the offense.

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