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5 minutes with Roob: Tay Glover-Wright looks to stick with Eagles after spending year out of football

5 minutes with Roob: Tay Glover-Wright looks to stick with Eagles after spending year out of football

In today's "Five Minutes with Roob," Reuben Frank chats with Eagles cornerback Tay Glover-Wright:

Roob: Let’s talk about your childhood in Smyrna, Georgia. You went to Campbell High School in Smyrna, outside Atlanta, which is also the alma mater of actress Julia Roberts. Were you guys in school together?

Glover-Wright: I wish we were! She’s got a few years on me!

Roob: Growing up in Atlanta, you were a Braves, Falcons and Hawks fan. Who was your favorite Falcon?

Glover-Wright: Mike Vick. Also Deion Sanders.

Roob: So let’s talk about your route to the NFL. Your journey took some twists and turns.

Glover-Wright: When I first came out of high school, I was at Highland Kansas (junior college), and we weren’t that good, and the coach that brought me there, he knew that I wasn’t really feeling it at Highland and losing all the time, and he had a friend out in Eastern Arizona (junior college) who was a coach, and when we were done with our season, they sent me out there for my sophomore year of JUCO. So I was at Eastern Arizona and we played a school called Snow College, which was a junior college out of Utah, and I made a couple big plays in that game, and Utah State had a coach or a scout in the stands and saw it, and he came out to practice the next week and offered me (a scholarship). Snow College got me where I am.

Roob: The Falcons signed you out of college and you spent time with the Falcons, Packers and Colts before signing with the Eagles earlier this camp. What’s it been like being with all those different teams?

Glover-Wright: I think eventually it all starts to come together and you start making all things one thing, but the locker rooms are different, the coaches have different styles, different schemes, different mindsets. But it’s been cool. I’ve met a lot of good people along the way, learned a lot from a lot of the veterans along the way, so it’s been a cool experience for me.

Roob: And then in 2015 you actually got to play in a couple games for the Colts, mainly on special teams. What was that experience like, finally getting to play in regular-season games?

Glover-Wright: Oh man, I was ecstatic. It was great to be out there on the field with the boys that I watch on TV actually playing.

Roob: After training camp with the Colts last summer you were released and spent the year out of football. What was it like being unemployed?

Glover-Wright: I wasn’t necessarily unemployed, I just wasn’t playing football anymore. I was like, oh, lemme go look into marketing and see what this is about. So I got into it and found myself walking through neighborhoods going door-to-door selling DIRECTV and, granted, I was one of the top sellers in the office, I take pride in that, but I figured that wasn’t really for me. You meet different types of people and some people are really nasty and you just gotta stay professional … “Have a good day!” After that, I gave (head) coach (Gary) Anderson up at Oregon a call and asked if he had anything available and he let me know that it was full right now but later on when changes are made and spots open up, he’d give me a call, and when January came around he gave me that call, which I definitely appreciate, and I went out there and I was with him for spring ball and we were just about to start our camp when I got the call to come out here.

Roob: Coach Anderson had been your head coach at Utah State. Is coaching something you’d like to get into at some point?

Glover-Wright: When it’s all over and done I definitely want to coach. I love the game. This is what I’ve done all my life.

Roob: The cornerback position here is pretty unsettled. What do you think of this opportunity for you?

Glover-Wright: It’s an opportunity, and I’m trying to make the most out of the opportunity, no matter where I am. Trying to get myself out there, put good film out there.

Roob: How excited are you to go back to Green Bay, where you spent 2015 on the practice squad, for the Eagles' preseason opener?

Glover-Wright: It’s going to be a great experience. I’ve had butterflies just thinking about it getting ready to go to bed. I always envision it. It’s going to be cool. A little weird but cool. I loved being in Lambeau when I was out there.

Raiders beat Chiefs in thriller with touchdown on final play

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Raiders beat Chiefs in thriller with touchdown on final play

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Wins have been so hard to come by for the Oakland Raiders that it took three tries at the final play for them finally to pull this one out and possibly save their season.

Derek Carr threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls and the Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-30 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

"We didn't give up," Crabtree said. "We got a team full of fighters. We believe. ... No matter how hard the game was, we believed. We came out with the W and I'm excited. It's a good way to win, a great way to win."

With their season on the line following the recent slump, Carr led an 85-yard touchdown drive in the final 2:25 to give the Raiders (3-4) the thrilling comeback in a game they trailed by nine points heading into the fourth quarter.

Carr finished 29 for 52 for 417 yards and three touchdowns, with Amari Cooper catching 11 passes for 210 yards and two of the scores. The Raiders had struggled to get the ball downfield while being held to 17 or fewer points in four straight games but Carr repeatedly beat the Chiefs with deep passes.

"No. 4 kept making plays," coach Jack Del Rio said. "This is a special, special win."

Alex Smith threw for 342 yards and three touchdowns but it wasn't enough for the Chiefs (5-2). They lost consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 11-18, 2015, and had their 12-game winning streak in the AFC West snapped in a thrilling finish.

"I've never been part of a game that came down so dramatic," linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "But, still had a chance to win. Period. Just have to make a play. One play. One play."

The Raiders had an apparent go-ahead touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 18 seconds left overturned when replay ruled he was down at the 1. An offensive pass interference on Crabtree wiped out another touchdown on the next play.

But holding calls on Ron Parker and Eric Murray set the stage for the final play. Carr hit Crabtree in the front corner of the end zone to tie it at 30. Giorgio Tavecchio won it with the extra point , setting off a celebration on a wild night that included Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch getting ejected in the second quarter for shoving an official.

Hot tempers
The game took an odd turn midway through the second quarter after Kansas City's Marcus Peters hit Carr late, angering the Raiders. Offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn confronted Peters and Lynch sprinted off the Oakland sideline to join the fray. Lynch, a close friend of Peters, ended up shoving line judge Julian Mapp and getting ejected . Peters also was called for a personal foul on the play. Lynch congratulated his teammates in the locker room after the game but didn't speak to reporters.

"I was disappointed he ran out because I knew we had a 15-yard penalty and we'd be in good shape," Del Rio said.

Long drive
After Marquette King pinned the Chiefs at their own 1 with a perfect punt early in the second quarter, Kansas City needed little time to turn the momentum. Smith hit Demarcus Robinson on a 33-yard pass on the first play of the drive. After a short run, Tyreek Hill beat David Amerson for a 64-yard touchdown pass that gave the Chiefs their first 99-yard drive since doing it Dec. 3, 2006, against Cleveland.

Deep connection
Carr had not connected on a single deep ball to Amari Cooper all season before the two teamed twice for long TDs in the opening quarter. On the first, Cooper appeared to push Terrance Mitchell but the officials picked up the flag and gave Cooper the 38-yard TD . Later in the quarter Carr and Cooper connected on a 45-yard score, making Cooper the first Raiders receiver with two TD catches in the first quarter since Mervyn Fernandez in 1989.

Kicking woes
The Raiders were hurt last week when a bad snap by Jon Condo led to a missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio in a 17-16 loss to the Chargers. That was Tavecchio's first missed kick of any kind this season but he then had a 53-yarder blocked and missed a 45-yarder wide left in the second quarter. Tavecchio also had a false start on an extra point in the third quarter.

Up next
Chiefs: Host Denver on Oct. 30.

Raiders: Visit Buffalo on Oct. 29.

Carson Wentz feels 5-1 Eagles 'just wired different this year'

Carson Wentz feels 5-1 Eagles 'just wired different this year'

There's something special going on around here, and Carson Wentz isn't afraid to say it.

“We’re made different this year," Wentz said after practice Thursday. "We have a different character makeup in that locker room, and nobody’s going to ever settle for anything less than greatness. So we’re going to go out there every day and attack it.”

The Eagles, 5-1, go for their fifth straight win Monday night against the Redskins, who they beat on opening day at FedEx Field.

Wentz, in only his second season, has elbowed his way into the NFL MVP conversation (see story). His emergence as the unquestioned leader of this team has mirrored the team's emergence as one of the NFL's elite teams.

Wentz spoke Thursday about how he sensed something different, something special, as far back as spring workouts.

“You could just see it, even going back to OTAs," he said. "You could see the competitive nature, even in practice. You couldn’t wear pads. You couldn’t even press cover outside. You could just see the competitive nature.

"And then through training camp, it just kept getting elevated even more. You could just see it from the leadership on down. We’re just wired different this year.”

When Wentz tells his teammates to strive for greatness, they listen, because here's a kid who in just 22 career games has established himself as one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks. He has 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions this year and has posted a passer rating of 90 or higher in five of six games.

“It’s something that we always strive for," Wentz said. "And really, in everything we do in life, you strive for greatness.

"When we’re sitting where we’re at right now, we can just never let that slip. We can never let that slip from our preparation in the film room, the meeting room, the weight room, in practice, so that’s just something I feel like we have to always keep focusing on.

"Never settle, never settle, and just keep striving for that greatness.”

Wentz said he didn't feel anything lacking last year, when the Eagles went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for a third straight year.

It's just that head coach Doug Pederson is in Year 2, coordinators Frank Reich and Jim Schwartz are in Year 2 and Wentz is in Year 2.

The whole program is in Year 2 and there's a confidence, an attitude, a swagger that was nowhere to be found last year or really the last few years.

“I think it was just a natural growth," Wentz said. "You go back and look at last season again. We were so close in so many of those ballgames but [it's] just the natural growth that’s taken place both from coach and just really all of us being in this together and having a year under our belt."