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LeGarrette Blount thinks Carson Wentz can be 'special'

LeGarrette Blount thinks Carson Wentz can be 'special'

It has sort of become a rite of passage. Become a Philadelphia Eagle and praise Carson Wentz. 

It's become as much of a ritual as Wentz's welcoming said new player to the team via Twitter. 

So as LeGarrette Blount was introduced to Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, he of course, had nothing but glowing reviews about the Eagles' young quarterback. 

But if anyone knows something about great quarterback play, it ought to be Blount, who has won two Super Bowl titles taking handoffs from Tom Brady. No, Blount didn't compare Wentz to Brady; that would be a little much. But he does think Wentz has a bright future. 

"Obviously, he's one of the better quarterbacks of his draft class and his generation," Blount said. "I think he has the potential to be a really special player. He has all the tools that is needed and the grind that is needed and the mindset to maximize his abilities if he just continues to work hard."

In Year 2, Wentz already has way more weapons than he had as a rookie. First, the team added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency, then drafted Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson and Donnel Pumphrey. 

Now, the team added Blount, who should fit the role of the big back the Eagles seemed to be missing. 

As a rookie, Wentz threw for 3,782 yards, the fourth-most in team history, with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In his second year, with more weapons, it's realistic to expect a big jump from the franchise quarterback. 

"Physically, he's ideal," Blount said to CSN's Derrick Gunn. "That's exactly the size of a quarterback you would want (Wentz is 6-5, 237). He's big, he's strong, he's athletic, he's mobile and he can throw the ball. And he's a smart guy; he's really smart. He doesn't turn the ball over a lot, so up and coming is right. I feel like he's probably the best quarterback in his draft class, so the Eagles got one of the better guys in the draft with him." 

Jake Elliott leaves game against Cowboys with concussion

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Jake Elliott leaves game against Cowboys with concussion

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Eagles are without a kicker in North Texas. 

Jake Elliott left the game against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in the first half with a concussion. He was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Elliott saved a touchdown on his opening kickoff but it looked like he took a shot at the end of the play. 

He missed a 34-yard field goal before he was taken in for evaluation. 

After Elliott left the field, linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill began warming up on the sideline. His first try missed the practice netting and sailed into the stands. 

The Eagles scored a touchdown to open the second half and instead of kicking an extra point, tried a two-point conversion and succeeded. 

On the ensuing kickoff, Grugier-Hill put the ball deep but without any hang time and the Cowboys returned it to the 29-yard line. Still, not a bad kickoff for a linebacker.

Eagles Inactives: Alshon Jeffery (ankle) active against Cowboys

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Eagles Inactives: Alshon Jeffery (ankle) active against Cowboys

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As expected, Alshon Jeffery is active and will play against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. 

Jeffery popped up on the injury report Thursday with an ankle injury that has been bothering him for a little while. He came into the weekend listed as questionable. 

But head coach Doug Pederson said he expected Jeffery to play and even Jeffery said he would "most definitely" play in the game. 

Zach Ertz and Ronald Darby are also returning for this game. Ertz missed the Denver game before the bye with a hamstring injury and Darby hasn't played since Week 1 in Washington. 

The Eagles' inactives are Nate Sudfeld, Shelton Gibson, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls, Wendell Smallwood, Will Beatty and Dannell Ellerbe. 

This is the first healthy scratch of the season for Smallwood. The only reason he was active before the bye week was because of Zach Ertz's hamstring injury that kept him out of the game. Smallwood is the biggest loser after the team brought in Jay Ajayi. 

Beatty and Ellerbe are inactive after being added to the roster last week. During the week, Pederson said he wanted them to get more time with the team before throwing them out there.

The Cowboys' inactives are Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Dan Bailey, Jeff Heath, Darren McFadden, Daniel Ross, Blake Jarwin.