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Eagles QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz favorite to win NFL MVP

Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award. 

At least, he's now the favorite. 

The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. 

Here's the top five: 

1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200

Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite. 

It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games. 

Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. 

The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award. 

The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24. 

Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner. 

The 'biggest thing' for Eagles' Donnel Pumphrey is coming soon

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The 'biggest thing' for Eagles' Donnel Pumphrey is coming soon

Donnel Pumphrey waited a year for the preseason opener.

Then two days before it? He hobbled off the practice field with a hamstring injury. Another hamstring injury.

Pumphrey will have to wait one more week to show what he can do.

Pumphrey, who hasn’t practiced since Aug. 7, said Tuesday he’s finally 100 percent, but coach Doug Pederson is still holding him out vs. the Browns Thursday night.

He does plan on being back on the practice field this weekend, once the Eagles return from Cleveland.

“I feel 100 percent,” he said. “It’s just [unfortunate] that it happened just before the first preseason game because that’s where I really wanted to showcase myself. 

“Practicing for 2½ weeks you want to play against someone else, that’s what was so frustrating for me. Waiting the whole year to compete against someone else.”

Pumphrey didn’t play as a rookie last year, technically because of another hamstring injury but in reality because he had a dreadful preseason.

He was enjoying a much more impressive training camp this summer when he got hurt. 

While he’s been out, none of the other backs competing for the fourth running back spot have done anything to take ownership of a roster spot. So conceivably, a strong performance a week from Thursday against the Jets could give Pumphrey a chance at a spot on the 53.

But he knows he’s running out of chances.

“Whether it’s playing here or somewhere else, that’s the biggest thing — have to put something on tape,” he said.

“I can’t really go out there and do [more than I can do]. Just play like myself and do what got me here to this point and I’ll be fine.”

Pumphrey, the all-time NCAA rushing record holder while at San Diego State, said he’s been running for about a week now without any discomfort.

“I’m really just focused on what I can control, which is rehab and getting back to my normal self,” he said.

“The goal was to push for the third game, but they don’t want me to play this week and risk it, so just doing what I can do.”

Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams and Matt Jones are all expected to play against the Browns, so there’s a chance Pumphrey will fall even further behind Thursday night while he watches from the sideline.

But he said he's only concerned with himself and being at his best for the Jets game.

“I just gotta put something on tape,” he said. “If I don’t make the team, I still have to be healthy, still have to have something on tape for another team to pick me up. 

“Obviously, I want to be part of the Philadelphia Eagles. But I can’t control what I can’t control.”

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On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank discusses the confusion surrounding the new lowering the helmet rule. Why Roob is still very confident Carson Wentz will start the season opener. Key positional battles you need to keep an eye on against the Browns. Also, Jordan Hicks tries to answer trivia questions about Jordan Hicks.

1:00 - New lowering the helmet rule.
5:30 - Little concern over Carson Wentz. Roob expects he will start against Atlanta.
8:00 - Positional battles to keep an eye on against the Browns.
12:00 - Jordan Hicks trivia with Jordan Hicks.

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