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2020 NFL Combine: The Wonderlic Test is hard to ace - trust us, we tried

2020 NFL Combine: The Wonderlic Test is hard to ace - trust us, we tried

Wonderlic Test scores, like the running back, have lost a bit of value over the past decade as the test's actual usefulness became less and less apparent. 

But draft prospects will still take the 50-question timed test at the NFL Combine this week, a test filled with math, logic, and reasoning problems designed to (in theory) find the sharpest minds among NFL hopefuls. The scores will still trickle out as context-less nuggets about players, and people will still care, so here we are.

If we as fans are going to pay even a tiny bit of attention to these test scores, we might as well try to understand what players are going through during the test itself. 

And that's exactly what NBC Sports Philadelphia's Marc Farzetta did this week: he sat down and took a sample test - not the specific test players will take this week, but one built from the Wonderlic Test format and level of difficulty. The real thing is 12 minutes long, so we gave him 12 minutes to finish.

Folks, this test is absolutely bizarre.

It starts with a question about the Fibonacci sequence, easy enough, but quickly devolves into some Dr. Seuss-level situations, like this question:

Some bargles are chongos, and some chongos are munhatsens. Are some bargles definitely munhatsens?

What is this, "The Lorax"?

The questions in this test are weird enough on their own; that players are allotted just 14.4 seconds per question makes it even more insane.

Farzetta ultimately ended up with a 25 on the test, tying with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and far behind Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who dropped a dang 40 on the thing back in 2016.

For now, let's skip the tests: judge players on their tape and football fans on their painted faces.

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Terrell Owens launches 'COVID-19 Driveway Challenge' complete with situp video

Terrell Owens launches 'COVID-19 Driveway Challenge' complete with situp video

Never one to be left out, Terrell Owens has chimed in with his own social distancing home workout challenge, and it will take Eagles fans back.

Owens, aiming for people spending extra time at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, launched the "COVID-19 Driveway Challenge" on Monday evening, piggybacking off recent home exercise social media trends like the "See 10, Do 10" pushup videos.

Owens attempted to start his own movement with a video, filmed in a driveway, eerily similar to the classic 2005 situps he did while holding out as a member of the Eagles:

"All y'all stayin' at home, stayin' safe, let's get this workout in," Owens says in the video. "I need 19 situps, just like I did back in '04, '05, when I did my situps in the driveway." 

Say what you will about Owens: he's nothing if not on brand, even during a global health crisis.

Owens didn't detail whether he's looking to raise money for COVID-19 research, or simply awareness about responsible social distancing.

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Why ESPN picking Carson Wentz over Aaron Rodgers isn't an insane take

Why ESPN picking Carson Wentz over Aaron Rodgers isn't an insane take

ESPN's First Take is a build-your-own hot take generator, but former NFL quarterback and current ESPN personality Dan Orlovsky usually tries to stay away from saying stuff just for reaction.

Which is why Orlovsky's assessment Monday of the five best quarterbacks in the NFC generated so much... discussion? Fury? It was kind of both.

Orlovsky said, in no uncertain terms, that he ranks Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz as the fourth-best QB in the NFC, behind Russell Wilson (yep), Tom Brady (likely), and Drew Brees (yep). 

This, of course, puts Wentz ahead of Aaron Rodgers:

Unsurprisingly, Orlovsky had to deal with angry football fans all day, sifting through tons of tweets calling him out of whack and (kind of hilariously) demanding he be drug tested. You can go look at his timeline for the horror show.

I'm here to defend Orlovsky. Yes, Rodgers is one of the greats. And yes, in a vacuum there is zero comparison between the Packers legend and Wentz.

But heading into the 2020 season, knowing what we know about each QB, I'm also taking Wentz.

Rodgers has seen his completion percentage fall in each of the last four seasons, he posted the second-lowest yards-per-attempt mark of his career in 2019, and he turns 37 in December. Last year, he tossed too many errant passes on would-be easy completions. It felt like he'd turned the corner, and his prime was over.

Wentz, on the other hand, made do with embarassingly bad skill position players and led the Eagles to the playoffs with numerous clutch throws in December.

One of Rodgers' greatest remaining skills is his ability to avoid interceptions, throwing just six over his last 32 regular season games. You know who else has low INT numbers? Wentz, who posted a higher completion percentage than Rodgers in 2019 while working with you and me at wide receiver.

And Wentz, a decade younger than Rodgers and still growing as a passer, also has the added benefit of being an athletic, mobile quarterback.

The greats age, and eventually are no longer great. It happens, and it's happening here.

It took guts for Orlovsky to put Wentz ahead of Rodgers in 2020, but I'm glad he did - because now everyone else can do the same.

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