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Carson Wentz recycling plays from North Dakota State days

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Carson Wentz recycling plays from North Dakota State days

This touchdown had everything but Carson Wentz and Corey Clement wearing green and yellow North Dakota State Bison jerseys.

Wentz's third-quarter touchdown pass to Clement Monday night, which gave the Eagles a 24-10 lead over the Redskins on their way to a 34-24 win, came on a play Wentz borrowed from his college playbook.

"That worked out well," Clement said. "He needs to bring more plays from North Dakota State."

Wentz said the play is one he felt comfortable with in college and generally worked in college, so why not try it here? 

"It's been effective, it's got good answers kind of all over the field," he said. "We mix it up with different things, too. It's not the same play every time, but it's something that fits us well."

Wentz said it's not that unusual for him or the other quarterbacks to make suggestions or bring in plays from previous stops.

"Nick (Foles) brings plays from offenses he used to be a part of, everybody's got plays that they love, and we can just have that open dialogue, that open conversation about what we like, why we think it's effective," Wentz said.

"Sometimes they get in the gameplan, sometimes they don't, but that's just the cool part of having a bunch of smart guys that know the game. When they all come together in that quarterback room, there's a lot of ideas flowing."

This is a 24-year-old, second-year quarterback with 23 starts under his belt that's suggesting plays to Doug Pederson and Frank Reich, who have a combined 47 years of NFL playing and coaching experience.

But this isn't an ordinary 24-year-old quarterback. Wentz is playing at an MVP level, and his knowledge and understanding of the offense is so deep that when he speaks, Pederson and Reich listen.

Intently.

"Sometimes plays have a good mojo for you, you've had a lot of success, you've got a lot of confidence in them," Reich said. "I think what happens when you run a play over and over again, you see it against all kinds of different coverages, you see it against different coverage techniques and leverage that defenders play, and really good quarterbacks learn how to beat any coverage when they have one play that they really like, and you feel like you can't stop the play. 

"And even as we've repped that play, and we have different variations of that play so teams can't zero in on it and ways to disguise it and ways to counter off of that play, but even in practice when we run the versions of that play, you can just see Carson just work the progressions and get to every receiver in the progression. 

"I mean, literally all five receivers have caught that ball in practice and have caught that on that particular route."

Clement was Wentz's last option Monday night, but it didn't matter that Clement's an undrafted running back who only caught only two touchdowns in college. 

Wentz went his way, and Clement made a circus TD catch.

"You can tell the type of trust they have in Carson," Clement said. "It's pretty awesome. They're open to all the suggestions that he has, all the corrections he thinks he might see on the field, especially after practice, and it just goes to show you the growth that he's made since he got here."

Wentz said there have been times he's actually gotten in touch with the North Dakota State football office and had them send him film of specific plays so he can relay the details to his coaches.

"Then we can run it in practice and I can convince them," he said. "It’s cool to have that relationship, that dynamic with Coach Reich, with Coach Pederson, that they respect my opinion when I bring them things like that. 

"I just love that relationship, that we can just bring up those ideas."

Pederson interviewing 2 for Eagles' OC job

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Pederson interviewing 2 for Eagles' OC job

While many folks are off for Presidents Day, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is hard at work trying to figure out how to replace Frank Reich. 

Pederson is spending his Monday interviewing running backs coach Duce Staley and wide receivers coach Mike Groh for the Eagles' vacant offensive coordinator position, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the news Monday. 

It's possible one or both coaches could take over in some sort of offensive coordinator role. 

Reich left his post as offensive coordinator earlier this month when he accepted the head coaching job in Indianapolis. While it might not seem like an OC who doesn't call the plays has a big role, Reich was a good sounding board for Pederson and seemed to be very-well trusted by the head coach. He also helped put the weekly gameplan together. 

It makes sense that the Eagles don't want to go outside the organization to hire an offensive coordinator. Pederson trusts Staley and Groh and the chemistry inside the NovaCare Complex was tremendous during the Eagles' run to Super Bowl LII. 

Either way, Pederson is going to oversee the offense and call plays. Staley or Groh, if one or both are promoted, will handle some extra responsibility, but it'll still all be on Pederson. 

While Staley has been with the Eagles as a coach since 2011, working his way up from a quality control coach to running backs coach in 2013, Groh is a newcomer. He was added to the staff before the 2017 season to take over for Greg Lewis after the Eagles fired him. Groh did an impressive job last season, particularly with helping transform Nelson Agholor from a bust to one of the team's more explosive weapons. 

LeGarrette Blount makes his desire to stay in Philly clear

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LeGarrette Blount makes his desire to stay in Philly clear

LeGarrette Blount is fresh off of his third Super Bowl title and second in two years with two different teams. 

It sounds like he doesn't really want to go to a third team in three years. 

Blount, 31, played on a one-year deal worth around $1.25 million with the Eagles in 2017, but is set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 14. He made it pretty clear on Sunday that he wouldn't mind coming back to Philly for another run. 

"It's early so we'll see," Blount said on NFL Network. 

"Obviously I like it a lot there. They like me a lot there. It's a mutual respect and a mutual agreement thing about how we feel about each other. Obviously, you guys know how I feel about the team, the guys; I love those guys. 

"I can't say enough about Duce (Staley), just for the simple fact for how well I was coached there and how good he helped me understand things. I feel like Duce is one of the best running back coaches, one of the best coaches I've ever had in my entire life. I obviously want to be a part of that for a while, so we'll see how it goes."

Blount began the year as the Eagles' top running back, but lost some of his role once the team traded for former Pro Bowler Jay Ajayi. But Blount still played a significant role in the Eagles' run to winning Super Bowl LII. 

During the season, he was the team's top rusher with 173 carries for 766 yards and two touchdowns. But then in Super Bowl LII, he had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, helping the Eagles to a 41-33 win over his former team, the Patriots. 

The Eagles are going to bring back Ajayi and second-year player Corey Clement. After that, things get murky. Blount and Darren Sproles (coming off injury) are both set to become free agents. 

Blount wasn't shy about his love for the Eagles during his interview on Sunday. He cited trust and how they handled the Ajayi trade with him as big reasons why. 

"They talked to me throughout the process of it happening," Blount said. "They were like, 'we're trading for Jay Ajayi, we just want to let you know.' Like I said, that's obviously another big thing for me, the honesty in that building and how open they are and how they don't keep any kind of secrets for you. They just tell you how it is. It's a big respect thing. Duce was the first person to reach out the me and be like, 'hey, we traded for Jay Ajayi. I just want to let you know.' Again, man, that's why it's a place that I love and I hope to stay there." 

Late in the six-and-a-half minute video, the crew brought out Clement while Blount was answering a question about the rookie. Blount laughed during the middle of his answer, but then got back on track and praised Clement. The two became very close during the 2017 season. 

After Blount's answer, Clement got to chat with his teammate and said getting to work with Blount was a "tremendous opportunity" and would clearly like to keep the core group together in the running back room next season. 

Obviously, it's not up to Clement, but Blount will play a big role and we already know what he thinks of the Eagles.