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Carson Wentz recycling plays from North Dakota State days

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Carson Wentz recycling plays from North Dakota State days

This touchdown had everything but Carson Wentz and Corey Clement wearing green and yellow North Dakota State Bison jerseys.

Wentz's third-quarter touchdown pass to Clement Monday night, which gave the Eagles a 24-10 lead over the Redskins on their way to a 34-24 win, came on a play Wentz borrowed from his college playbook.

"That worked out well," Clement said. "He needs to bring more plays from North Dakota State."

Wentz said the play is one he felt comfortable with in college and generally worked in college, so why not try it here? 

"It's been effective, it's got good answers kind of all over the field," he said. "We mix it up with different things, too. It's not the same play every time, but it's something that fits us well."

Wentz said it's not that unusual for him or the other quarterbacks to make suggestions or bring in plays from previous stops.

"Nick (Foles) brings plays from offenses he used to be a part of, everybody's got plays that they love, and we can just have that open dialogue, that open conversation about what we like, why we think it's effective," Wentz said.

"Sometimes they get in the gameplan, sometimes they don't, but that's just the cool part of having a bunch of smart guys that know the game. When they all come together in that quarterback room, there's a lot of ideas flowing."

This is a 24-year-old, second-year quarterback with 23 starts under his belt that's suggesting plays to Doug Pederson and Frank Reich, who have a combined 47 years of NFL playing and coaching experience.

But this isn't an ordinary 24-year-old quarterback. Wentz is playing at an MVP level, and his knowledge and understanding of the offense is so deep that when he speaks, Pederson and Reich listen.

Intently.

"Sometimes plays have a good mojo for you, you've had a lot of success, you've got a lot of confidence in them," Reich said. "I think what happens when you run a play over and over again, you see it against all kinds of different coverages, you see it against different coverage techniques and leverage that defenders play, and really good quarterbacks learn how to beat any coverage when they have one play that they really like, and you feel like you can't stop the play. 

"And even as we've repped that play, and we have different variations of that play so teams can't zero in on it and ways to disguise it and ways to counter off of that play, but even in practice when we run the versions of that play, you can just see Carson just work the progressions and get to every receiver in the progression. 

"I mean, literally all five receivers have caught that ball in practice and have caught that on that particular route."

Clement was Wentz's last option Monday night, but it didn't matter that Clement's an undrafted running back who only caught only two touchdowns in college. 

Wentz went his way, and Clement made a circus TD catch.

"You can tell the type of trust they have in Carson," Clement said. "It's pretty awesome. They're open to all the suggestions that he has, all the corrections he thinks he might see on the field, especially after practice, and it just goes to show you the growth that he's made since he got here."

Wentz said there have been times he's actually gotten in touch with the North Dakota State football office and had them send him film of specific plays so he can relay the details to his coaches.

"Then we can run it in practice and I can convince them," he said. "It’s cool to have that relationship, that dynamic with Coach Reich, with Coach Pederson, that they respect my opinion when I bring them things like that. 

"I just love that relationship, that we can just bring up those ideas."

Eagles catch break with Jameis Winston's reported suspension

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Eagles catch break with Jameis Winston's reported suspension

This is bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but good news for the Eagles. 

The NFL is planning on suspending Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the 2018 season for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, according to a report Thursday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

That means the Eagles’ Week 2 game in Tampa Bay might be a whole lot easier. After opening the season at home against the Falcons, the Eagles play their first road contest of the year against the Bucs.

Winston has played the Eagles just once in his career and was great. He led the Bucs to a 45-17 win over the Eagles at the Linc during his rookie season in 2015. In that game, he completed 65 percent of his passes for 246 yards and a career-high five touchdown passes with zero interceptions.

Winston is one of just seven quarterbacks to ever throw five touchdown passes against the Eagles in a single game; no one has ever thrown more against them in a game. The others are Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Joe Montana, Craig Morton, Don Meredith (twice) and Sonny Jergensen.

Winston, 24, has thrown for at least 3,500 yards and 19 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2015. To put his early success into perspective, Winston has two 4,000-yard seasons in his first three seasons, the Eagles’ franchise has never had one. 

The Bucs’ backup quarterback is veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, who actually went 2-1 in his three starts in place of Winston last season. 

But don’t let those three games fool you, the Bucs are obviously much better with Winston behind center than Fitzpatrick, who has played for five different teams over the past six years. 

According to NFL Research, the Bucs’ first three games of this season are the toughest first three games for any team in the Super  Bowl era based on last year’s records. 

Winston’s suspension stems from an alleged incident with an Uber driver in 2016. 

Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart-topper and a huge Eagles fan

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Roob Knows: A Billboard's chart-topper and a huge Eagles fan

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses Carson Wentz's character through his injury rehab. He takes a look at the Eagles' running back depth. Also, Roob chats with Mondo Cozmo's lead man Josh Ostrander. His single "Shine" hit number one on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart in January 2017. Ostrander, a Philly native and big Eagles fan, shares his journey and experiencing an Eagles Super Bowl championship.

"He's going to play opening day. I'll go as far as saying I'll be surprised right now if Carson Wentz is not the Eagles starting quarterback on opening day."

1:00 - Carson Wentz's character is unique.
5:00 - Doug Pederson has handled this offseason perfectly.
10:00 - Eagles' running back situation
15:00 - Roob Knows unbelievable stats.
17:00 - Roob's interview with Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo.
19:00 - Josh's memories of the Super Bowl run.
22:00 - Josh's crazy path in music.
31:00 - Josh's Philly roots are still important to him.

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