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Carson Wentz frustrated Eagles 'didn’t show up' in big loss

Carson Wentz frustrated Eagles 'didn’t show up' in big loss

ARLINGTON, Tex. — Carson Wentz tried to be positive. 

He tried to say he still trusts his receivers. He tried to say the mistakes are fixable. He tried to say the Eagles’ biggest problem is simply execution. 

But there was just no sugar-coating the 37-10 loss to the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night. 

What was the mood like in the locker room? 

“Frustrated. A little embarrassed,” Wentz said. “You know, we didn’t show up. We didn’t show up. They beat the crap out of us and we’ve got to be better. But, like I said, I’m confident that we’ll get things fixed. This is a ticked-off group. We’re going to rebound from it and I’m confident we’ll be all right.”

Wentz doesn’t get a pass either. He didn’t play well enough on Sunday night and admitted as much. He fumbled twice and threw an interception. 

But he didn’t get much help either. His offensive line — you know, the O-line that was supposed to be the best in the league — had breakdowns that went well beyond rookie Andre Dillard making his first start. 

And his receivers certainly didn’t do much to help. 

Answering the first question of his press conference on Sunday night, Wentz again said he has trust in his receivers, but it’s fair to wonder if that’s true. Because at this point, he really has no reason to trust them. 

Perhaps there was a rare glimpse into his frustration when asked about the deep ball Nelson Agholor failed to catch. Wentz would only be human if he were frustrated about his receiver’s failure to make that play. 

“I thought we had a touchdown when I threw it,” Wentz said. “I didn’t see the end result. I was on the ground, so I didn’t get a chance to see. When I threw it I thought we had a good one there, but I’ve got to make a better throw obviously and hopefully get it into the end zone next time.” 

To me, that sounded like Wentz saying he did his job on that play. ... Then he realized what he was saying. 

Poor play from receivers has been a trend, just like slow starts from the offense. Both plagued the Eagles again on Sunday. 

The problem with saying things will get fixed is that it hasn’t happened yet. The Eagles again on Sunday got off to a terrible start. Thanks to two turnovers in the span of three offensive plays, the Eagles gave the ball to Dallas in great field position early and they did it twice. 

“It sucks. It definitely sucks,” Wentz said. “It’s something we’ve got to get fixed.”

There were still nine minutes left in the first quarter when the Cowboys went up 14-0. The Eagles have now been down two scores in the first halves of six of their seven games in 2019. 

And after seven games, the Eagles are 3-4 and have been outscored by a combined 45 points in their last two games. 

But Wentz kept saying he thinks the Eagles can fix these mistakes and right the ship. 

I asked him why he believes that. 

“Because I’ve been with these guys,” Wentz said. “I’ve been with these guys. I know what we’re all capable of. I know if we all just stay together we can bounce back. We had a rough night. At the end of the day, we had a rough night. We’re all confident, and move on and learn from it. But again, I’m extremely confident to get this thing going in the right direction.”

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Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

A few years ago, Rick Lovato was working in his family’s restaurant, Joyce’s Subs and Pizza, in Lincroft, New Jersey, just waiting for a chance.

He wasn’t the best at making pizza, but Lovato could make a mean breakfast sandwich. 

Maybe he still can, but Lovato won’t have to worry about picking up an apron again anytime soon. He’s in the middle of what might end up being a long and profitable NFL career. 

The Eagles on Tuesday signed the 27-year-old long snapper to a four-year extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2023 season. 

Lovato has been playing this season on a one-year deal he signed in February and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season. It’s worth noting that kicker Jake Elliott and punter Cameron Johnston are also in the final years of their contracts, so perhaps another move or two will be coming. 

While this deal won’t break the bank the way Brandon Brooks’ extension did last week, the Eagles seem interested right now in re-signing some players they want to keep around. 

The Eagles initially signed Lovato in December of 2016 after Jon Dorenbos broke his wrist. Lovato performed well enough that the Eagles traded Dorenbos the following August and made Lovato their full-time long snapper. 

Lovato has played in 45 regular-season games and five playoff games with the Eagles, including Super Bowl LII. He has a giant Lombardi Trophy tattooed on his side. 

Being a long snapper is kind of like being an offensive lineman in some ways. The less you hear about the long snapper, the more likely he’s performing well and not making mistakes. So, for Lovato’s sake, hopefully this is the last time you hear his name for a few years.  

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Miles Sanders chasing records and more in 10 Roob Stats

Miles Sanders chasing records and more in 10 Roob Stats

We've got some overall defense, some Zach Ertz and some Miles Sanders in this week's edition of 10 Roob Stats.

Yes, we can always come up with positive stats even when the Eagles lose!

—> The Eagles have held three straight opponents to 17 or fewer points and fewer than 300 yards. This is only the second time that’s happened in the last 11 years. They also did it against the Steelers, Bears and Browns — the first three games of the Doug Pederson Era. Only the Patriots and 49ers have also had such streaks this year.

—> Carson Wentz’s current streak of 13 straight games with a touchdown pass is 3rd-longest in Eagles history, behind Wentz’s 22-game streak over the 2016 through 2018 seasons and Randall Cunningham’s 18-game streak in 1987 and 1988.

—> Wentz played his 50th career game Sunday. Among all QBs in NFL history in their first 50 games, he ranks 9th in most TD passes, 9th in passing yards, 12th in accuracy, second in completions and 3rd in interception percentage and has the 4th-highest passer rating.

—> Zach Ertz’s nine catches Sunday give him 55 this year. He’s the first player in Eagles history with six straight 50-catch seasons. Keith Byars [1988-92], Jeremy Maclin [2009-14], and Brian Westbrook [2004-08] had five.

—> Zach Ertz now has 17 career nine-catch games. Only Tony Gonzalez [25] and Jason Witten [20] have more in NFL history among tight ends. The last two games mark the fourth time in his career he’s had nine catches in consecutive games. The only other players in Eagles history to do that once are Pete Pihos in 1955 Terrell Owens in 2005.

—> One more Ertz: He’s increased his career total to 492 receptions, 20th-most in NFL history by a tight end. He only needs 14 to pass six more tight ends and move into 14th place. At his current rate, he’ll be in the all-time top-10 by Week 3 of next season.

—> The Eagles allowed 14 TD drives of 60 yards or more the first six games of the season. They’ve allowed 4 the last four games.

—> They’ve also held six straight home opponents under 100 rushing yards, the 6th-longest streak in franchise history and 3rd-longest since 1955.

—> The Eagles are on pace to allow fewer than 1,400 rushing yards ad fewer than 3.8 per carry in the same season for only the second time since 1991 and the sixth time since 1955.

—> He didn’t have a huge game Sunday, but Miles Sanders did add 47 scrimmage yards to his 2019 total and now ranks second among all rookie NFL running backs with 688 scrimmage yards, behind only Josh Jacobs of the Raiders, who has 1,067 (and 97 more touches).

—> Sanders’ 688 yards are most ever by an Eagles rookie running back after 10 games (35 more than Lee Bouggess in 1970) and second-most by any rookie, behind only DeSean Jackson (732). Sanders needs to average 52 yards from scrimmage the rest of the season for 1,000. The only Eagles rookie to reach 1,000 scrimmage yards was Jackson (1,008 in 2008). The most by a running back was LeSean McCoy’s 945 in 2009.

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