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The Eagles QB is happy with the work they put

in against the Ravens this week." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesBleeding Green Nation homepageHorizontal - WhiteBleeding Green Nationa Philadelphia Eagles communityFollow Bleeding Green Nation online:Follow Bleeding Green Nation on TwitterFollow Bleeding Green Nation on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchBleeding Green Nation main menuFanpostsFanshotsEaglesOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Eagles StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Eagles NewsYahoo Eagles Team PageYahoo Eagles ReportYahoo Eagles Depth ChartYahoo Eagles TransactionsYahoo Eagles PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Carson Wentz talks quick reactions Womens Isaac Seumalo Jersey , Josh McCown, and moreNew,9commentsThe Eagles QB is happy with the work they put in against the Ravens this week.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Carson Wentz talks quick reactions, Josh McCown, and moreTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailEagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz spoke with the media on Tuesday for the final time ahead of the team’s third preseason game on Thursday, and talked about improvements he’s made to his individual game, as well as some developments as an offense.Wentz wouldn’t say whether he was hoping to take snaps on Thursday against the Ravens, and once again emphasized that he was leaving that call up to Doug Pederson and trusts the head coach to make the best decision for him and the team.Here’s what the quarterback had to say.On operating fastBoth Mike Groh and Doug Pederson spoke about Wentz having a good training camp, and specifically progressing through his reads quickly and re-directing his protections effectively. The QB agreed, and noted that with all the weapons they have on offense, he needs to be able to react quickly to spread the ball around.He said his job is to get the ball in the playmakers’ hands and let them make plays, and to also trust what he sees and make quick reactions.Wentz went on to say that he doesn’t really look at the metrics regarding snap and release time, noting that it’s fairly subjective based on the route and scheme being called or being forced out of the pocket Chuck Bednarik Jersey , not to mention when he tries to extend a play, so he doesn’t really focus on that metric specifically.The QB also mentioned that it’s not just him, the wide receivers and tight ends are seeing things quicker and reacting quicker as well, so they are really starting to develop as a whole as the get closer to the season.It was pointed out that Wentz hasn’t scrambled much in practice this offseason, but he said it wasn’t really a conscious decision not to, but rather more of the quickness they’ve been working on in other areas that have limited his need to do so. Wentz clarified that that part of his game is definitely not gone, but maybe with another year in the system and knowing where his checkdowns are going to be, he doesn’t rely on it as much.The QB was asked to compare this offseason with the one from 2017 health-wise, and Wentz just said that he feels good right now and he doesn’t really want to look back, especially because it feels like forever ago. Wentz did say though, that from a mental standpoint, he thinks he’s taken a leap each year in the league, including reading and reacting faster and seeing things quicker. He emphasized that he does feel good physically and mentally , and likes where the team is at.On red zone improvementAnother area the offense has been working to improve has been on their red zone efficiency, and Wentz was asked how he felt that was coming this offseason.On Josh McCownOn value of joint practiceWentz was asked how valuable the reps against the Ravens were in practice, particularly if he isn’t going to end up getting any preseason snaps, and the QB admitted they were extremely valuable. He noted that anytime you can go against a different defense and switch up your looks, it’s helpful.The quarterback also made note that the Ravens have a really talented secondary, and that it gives him and the offense a different look to work with heading into the regular season. Wentz noted that they’ve got guys like Earl Thomas who is a ball hawk and can disguise coverages as good as anybody.Wentz said that joint practices are valuable, but wouldn’t go so far as to say that they should replace preseason games. He said there are a lot of benefits to joint practices, in terms of staying healthy and getting to go against another team, but noted it’s a tough call to replace preseason snaps.The QB also said that it doesn’t really matter whether his first hit since last season is in the preseason or in Week 1, the first hit is always a bit jarring, but it doesn’t so much matter when that hit happens.Other notablesWentz was asked about his comfort level with guys like Corey Clement and Mack Hollins — players he’s played with in the past, but hasn’t had a lot of time with this offseason. The QB noted that both of those guys are really smart, and he feels totally comfortable with them in the offense Womens Tommy McDonald Jersey , and even if they aren’t getting practice reps, they are locked in during meetings and walk-thrus.A lot has been made of his diet and regimen changes this offseason, but Wentz said that he thinks it’s all helped and he feels really good. Few things have made sense or been easy to predict for the Eagles this year, but there has been little in the way of stability at their running back position.So when Wendell Smallwood stood up last night, it was as unexpected as it was predictable.Smallwood had played 11 snaps in the previous four games, but scored two touchdowns in last night’s win over the Rams, playing the role they needed someone to play.鈥淚t鈥檚 hard,鈥?Smallwood said, via Zack Rosenblatt of “It鈥檚 a tough battle. We鈥檙e competitors, we all want to be on the field. Every play if we could. That’s just part of the game: It鈥檚 not always going to be your turn.鈥淏ut, when it is, you gotta go out there and perform as good as the next guy or you won鈥檛 last.鈥漈he Eagles haven’t had a consistent answer there all year. Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement are on injured reserves. Darren Sproles is old and has been hurt a lot. Josh Adams was in there last night before he had to be checked for a concussion.Smallwood had 10 carries for 48 yards (a not-too-shabby 4.8 yards per carry), and the two touchdowns came at a time when the Eagles were pushing out to the lead they wouldn’t give up. It’s enough to make you think he’ll get more chances in the next two weeks Jerome Brown Jersey , but nothing has been consistent this season at that position, and he admitted he never knew week-to-week what his role might be.鈥淚 know with how our running back rotation goes, if you get hot, if you鈥檙e out there making plays, they鈥檙e gonna keep you in,” Smallwood said. “They鈥檙e not gonna take you out. They鈥檙e not going to just stop giving you the ball, and that鈥檚 how it went for me tonight. I found myself on the field more than I thought I would be and it鈥檚 just cause I had the hot hand and that鈥檚 how it went.鈥淚t鈥檚 just staying ready and preparing as if you鈥檙e going to be that guy. It just so happened that the opportunity presented itself for me tonight.鈥?#8220;Staying ready” is practically a mantra around there, after winning a Super Bowl with a backup quarterback, so Smallwood fits right in.
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