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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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 »
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Philadelphia Eagles football is officially back. The Birds play the first game of their 2016 NFL schedule tomorrow on Sunday, Sept. 10. The Eagles open their season against the Cleveland Browns.
This week’s game is highly anticipated not only because it’s the first game of the season, but also because it marks Carson Wentz’s first career NFL start. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft was scheduled to be inactive on game day to start out. That changed, of course, when Philadelphia surprisingly traded projected starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings in exchange for a 2017 first round pick (and 2018 conditional pick). It will be interesting to see how Wentz fares. The 23-year-old passer is clearly talented. Can he limit his rookies mistakes? Read more »
Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)
The 2016 NFL season officially kicked off on Thursday night but the first full Sunday of football action is still a few days away. With that in mind, there’s still time for some predictions to be made for the upcoming season. Here’s one take on how the 2016 NFL season will play out, along with a specific record prediction for the Philadelphia Eagles. Read more »
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Carson Wentz is all business when he’s facing the media, but don’t let that fool you. The Eagles’ rookie quarterback hasn’t been afraid to show off a lighter side on social media. Whether it’s tweeting about how he got stuck in a New Jersey gas station bathroom or joking around with his teammates, Wentz lets his personality shine.
As it turns out, Wentz has always been a little goofy. Look no further than this funny video of him attempting “trick shots” with his high school friends. Watch below. Read more »
The set-up at City Hall before the announcement the 2017 NFL Draft would be held in Philadelphia | Photo: Dan McQuade
This is Philadelphia sports, and things can’t be easy. So of course it’s happening this way: The NFL Draft is returning to Philadelphia next year for the first time since 1961. The Eagles do not have a first-round pick.
The draft will begin on April 27th and run through the 29th, and will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The NFL said draftees will walk up the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when they are selected. Just like Rocky!
“How cool is this!” Ron Jaworski said to the assembled media at City Hall today. “About a post-pattern from here, eighty years ago the first NFL Draft was held. And guess what: We’re back, Philadelphia!”
The NFL Draft was held in New York between 1965 and 2014, but a few years ago the NFL decided to make it more of a fan-focused experience. It was held in Chicago’s Grant Park and Auditorium Theatre the past two years. Read more »
Jon Dorenbos performs in the semifinals of America’s Got Talent on August 30th | Screengrab via NBC
Most Eagles fans have come to terms with the fact that their favorite team is never going to win the Super Bowl. Never, ever. What if Carson Wentz is a Hall of Fame-caliber stud? He’ll be like Dan Marino — an all-time great who never won the big one.
That’s why Eagles fans have to settle for little victories. Such as: Jon Dorenbos could win a televised talent competition!
Dorenbos, a magician, has advanced to the finals of this season of America’s Got Talent. The Eagles long snapper learned his fate last night, when public voting moved him through the semifinals. Read more »