Giants are a disaster, but Torrey Smith, Eagles are focused

Giants are a disaster, but Torrey Smith, Eagles are focused

It took him 13 games to do it, but wide receiver Torrey Smith finally had a 100 -yard receiving day last week against the Rams.

Smith and the rest of the Eagles' offense must get used to new field leadership. He and I talked about Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and the New York Giants.

Gunn: As soon as you get the word that Carson Wentz is done for the season, what was your initial thought?

Smith: Because of the way the game went, and I know that he left, Carson is a tough cat so I knew that if he wasn't going to come back to the field, it had to be something serious. And to get a text from him that it was confirmed, you see it happen all the time in this league. It's a tough blow not only for our team, but also for him as an individual. He works his tail off, and he deserves nothing but the best. It was definitely tough.

Gunn: Now it's Nick Foles' show. How much work have you gotten in with him this year, and what's the guys' confidence level that he can get the job done?

Smith: I've worked with him a little but we're all comfortable with Foles. We're comfortable with him as a player and comfortable with him as a person. He knows the offense. He knows the system. This isn't his first year in it, and he had the whole offseason. So I think we're in a great place. It's not too many teams that have a quarterback that's thrown seven touchdowns in a game, so we are ready to roll with him.

Gunn: You guys are facing a Giants team, let's face it, that is a flat-out mess right now. Dead last in the league defensively in yards allowed per game, 31st in passing yards allowed, 31st in run defense and 27th in points allowed. Your offense is going to have a field day against this defense.

Smith: Only if we make it that way. Numbers don't mean anything. In football, you have to go out and prove it every Sunday, and that's a team we have a lot of respect for. They have a lot of talent over there. Obviously, they're going through some things as an organization, coaching changes, but I tell you what, I've been on that side of the fence, and I know how hungry they are to prove it. They don't like seeing headlines or getting tweets about how terrible they are each and every day. They're out there working their tails off just like we are. We have to make sure we're bringing it on gameday.

The expanded version of my Gunn on One with Smith can be seen on Eagles Pre Game Live Sunday between 12-1 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Eagles-Jaguars London game time and date set

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Eagles-Jaguars London game time and date set

Now, everything is official.

After finding out in January the Eagles are headed to London, the NFL on Thursday morning confirmed the time and dates for its three regular-season games overseas this season.

The Eagles will square off at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 28. Kick off is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Eastern time.

It will be the Eagles' first London game. Jacksonville has been playing in London in each of the past five seasons.

The other two games are the Titans and Chargers, played on Oct. 12, and the Seahawks and Raiders, set for Oct. 14. 

The NFL will announce its 2018 schedule Thursday night at 8 p.m.

Carson Wentz fought back against jealousy toward Nick Foles

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Carson Wentz fought back against jealousy toward Nick Foles

Was he jealous? Was he envious of Nick Foles? Carson Wentz doesn’t exactly say yes. But he doesn’t say no, either.

“You’ve got to fight that, you’ve got to fight that,” Wentz said Tuesday.

“It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be the guy. You grow up wanting to be there, but not being able to be up there, there’s nobody I’d rather have up there than Nick.”

Wentz may have been the most valuable player in the NFL, but Foles, his close friend and teammate, is the one with a Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Wentz did everything he could to support Foles once he suffered a season-ending knee injury in early December. And Foles has spoken several times about what a good teammate Wentz was.

But after leading the Eagles to a 10-2 record with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, it wasn’t the easiest thing to watch his backup achieve football immortality with a record-setting run through the postseason.

“It was pretty different but pretty special,” Wentz said. “We’ve become so close ever since he first got here. Developed a real friendship, a real relationship, more than just a working relationship, a true friendship between me and him — and Nate (Sudfeld) as well. So to go through that experience last year was pretty cool.”

For now, Foles is back with the Eagles, and depending on how fast Wentz recovers from his injury (see story), he will either begin the season backing up Wentz or starting until Wentz is ready.

This is unprecedented stuff. No quarterback has ever been a Super Bowl MVP and then been a backup on the same team the next year.

Without the right two guys, it wouldn’t work. It couldn’t work.

But Zach Ertz, who is close to both Foles and Wentz, said their unique relationship makes it possible.

“First and foremost, they have an amazing relationship with one another, and I think their faith is part of their relationship,” he said.

“They’re able to step back and just focus on the team. Both guys have no egos, especially Nick. That guy is as cool as they come. He’s a phenomenal teammate, I think everyone saw that come out last year, his ability even at the beginning of the year, what he was able to do with Carson, kind of helping him out.

“When Carson was playing, Nick would be a sounding board. So the dynamic really hasn’t changed in that regard. Even when Nick was playing, Carson did the same thing for him. So that relationship started to grow last year, and I’m assuming it’s going to be the same.”

Foles has made it clear he wants to be a starter (see story), so this could be a difficult situation. But it won’t be, Ertz promises.

“Nick is not a guy that’s going to demand anything,” he said. “Obviously, he could do some things in the best interests of his career down the road, but right now I mean the guy loves being in Philadelphia and I think he’s really having fun in playing football with this team.”