Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
One of the most memorable throws from Carson Wentz’s first NFL start was not one of his two touchdown passes.
Make no mistake, those were stellar as well. But the way Wentz stood tall in the pocket and took a big hit on fourth-and-four right after delivering a strike to Zach Ertz over the middle for a first down was nothing short of impressive. The moment was a demonstration of Wentz’s poise and toughness.
When asked to compare Wentz to quarterbacks he’s worked with in his career, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich cited the team’s fourth down conversion as a moment that reminded him of the past.
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Jon Dorenbos. (Jeff Fusco)
Finishing in third place on America’s Got Talent was obviously not the goal for Jon Dorenbos. Naturally, the Eagles’ long snapper was disappointed he didn’t win. But that didn’t stop him from enjoying the great run he had on the NBC show. Read more »
Photo | Jeff Fusco
The moment I realized people had lost their minds over Carson Wentz did not come when President Obama referenced him in the opening of his speech at Eakins Oval on Tuesday. It came a few hours later when I was in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center for SmackDown Live, a weekly WWE show.
A jobber came out to the ring for a non-televised match. He claimed to be wresting in his hometown of Philadelphia. “We have the Liberty Bell,” he said, “we have the cheesesteak, and we finally have a quarterback!” Later, a fan in the crowd had a WENTZ sign, which popped up on TV.
If both professional wrestlers and the president of the United States are picking up on the Carson Wentz hype enough to mention it in their speeches, you know people are excited. But it goes beyond that. Wearing a bootleg Wentz shirsey on the subway last night, I got high-fived by five different strangers. My neighbor and I had our longest conversation ever about Wentz. When I ordered a pizza Sunday after the game, the delivery man and I talked about Carson Wentz for two minutes. I don’t even think we said anything notable. “Wow, what a first start!” “It was pretty good.” “I’m excited.” “I’m excited, too.” I even caught a “How ’bout them Birds” from an Eagles fan while walking through the city.
There is hard evidence of fans’ excitement, too. Carson Wentz jerseys are the top-seller in the NFL since Sunday. Yes, the city is going bonkers over a guy who has done one thing in his NFL career: throw two touchdown passes against the Browns. Read more »
This is not usually what you look like after consuming a lot of pizza | Photos: Santucci’s pizza photo by Dan McQuade; Connor Barwin photo by Jeff Fusco
Connor Barwin recently did an interview with GQ about his diet. Barwin is listed as 6-foot-4, 264 pounds — and in modern pro sports, every extra little bit counts. So he works out a lot, and he also eats a lot. He detailed his diet and pre-game ritual for the magazine, but he also explained his one cheat:
You obviously try to get protein and amino acids back. My normal routine is coming home and getting pizza—but that’s more for relaxing. Mushroom pizza always from Santucci’s in Philadelphia. Always.
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Kyle Hall, a CBS 3 cameraman, was flattened after Jordan Matthews’ touchdown in the first quarter of Sunday’s win over the Browns. | Photos: via Pat Gallen; still from game footage
Eagles fans were pretty excited on Sunday as Carson Wentz led the team down the field for the first time. People were anxious to see how he’d do, and he looked great! He’d thrown just one incomplete pass as the Eagles marched to the Browns’ 19-yard line. On the sideline, CBS 3 cameraman Kyle Hall was excited, too. He’s been an Eagles fan his whole life and he was interested to see how Wentz did. As the Eagles moved the ball down the field, the stadium got more electric. “You could just feel the energy in the whole stadium was pretty intense,” Hall says.
He staked out a good spot in the corner of the end zone. Just like Wentz, Hall was on his game on Sunday. When Wentz threw a pass to the corner of the end zone, Hall followed the path of the ball right into Jordan Matthews’s hands. The next thing he knew, Matthews’ helmet was headed right for his face. Read more »
North Dakota media personality Mike McFeely (right) came to Philadelphia to see Carson Wentz. The trip did not disappoint. | Wentz photo by Jeff Fusco
Carson Wentz grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and starred at North Dakota State University. In a state without a pro team, Wentz’s debut yesterday was a pretty big deal: A local TV station covered fans cheering for him at a local bar, and the president of North Dakota State happened to be there.
North Dakota media outlets also sent reporters to the game. Fargo media personality Mike McFeely traveled to Philadelphia to report on Wentz’s debut. He covered the game and talked to Wentz and Wentz’s dad. But he also did a story about Philly fans, wandering the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot before the Stony Brook-Temple game on Saturday to get the mood of the city.
Being a journalist in this city for half my life, I’ve done the “talk to tailgating fans in the parking lot” story about 10 times. It’s awful. People don’t want to talk at all or want to talk too much. They are drunk. They might even be angry and amped up for the game. But McFeely did a pretty good job with it! His story, “Eagles blue-collar fans (expletive) love QB Wentz,” has some great moments: Read more »
Doug Pederson. (Jeff Fusco)
A phrase made popular by former Eagles head coach Andy Reid, the mentor of current coach Doug Pederson, held literal truth as Philadelphia defeated the Browns on Sunday afternoon.
In his first game as Philadelphia’s new boss, Pederson accomplished something previous head coach Chip Kelly never did in 47 games with the Eagles. According to NFL research, the Eagles’ 39:20 time of possession was more than any single game during the Kelly era. Read more »
Rodney McLeod. (Jeff Fusco)
The Philadelphia Eagles are 1-0 after defeating the Cleveland Browns on opening day by a final score of 29 to 10. Here’s a look at 10 things to be learned from this game.
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Photograph courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The city has come a long way since you were the Eagles quarterback in 1999. What changes stand out? The fan base has always been very passionate and very excited about the Eagles. That’s the part that hasn’t changed. Obviously, the NovaCare facility and Lincoln Financial are all new since I played here in ’99. I love to see the excitement in the community. Change is exciting. Read more »
Howie Roseman, Carson Wentz, Jeffrey Lurie and Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)
It sure hasn’t been a quiet nine months since Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fired Chip Kelly and tried to turn back the clock to 1999 by hiring Andy Reid’s protégé: Doug Pederson. Lurie also put Howie Roseman back in charge, initiating an unusually large amount of wheeling and dealing to retool the roster.
The Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford, added Chase Daniel, traded up in the draft for Carson Wentz and then traded Bradford away — and that’s just what happened at the quarterback position. They also spent hundreds of millions of dollars by giving out several large contracts and brought in more than a dozen new coaches.
Now that the deals are done and the season is upon us, what can we expect from the 2016 Eagles? Read more »