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How Eagles plan to juggle reps between Wentz, Foles

How Eagles plan to juggle reps between Wentz, Foles

During his final press conference of the spring, head coach Doug Pederson gave us all a little glimpse into the future. 

And it’s a pretty good plan. 

As Carson Wentz continues to recover from that torn ACL and LCL, Nick Foles has taken all the Eagles’ first-team reps this spring. But that’s going to change this summer. 

“Go back to my first year, we were trying to get all three guys equal reps going through the first couple weeks of training camp,” Pederson said. “It’s going to be maybe the same type of thing, where Nick and Carson are working with the ones, working with the starters. We’re not losing a lot of that valuable time.”

This makes a ton of sense. 

Because the Eagles need to prepare themselves for both possibilities. Either Foles or Wentz is going to be the starter Week 1 against the Falcons, so both need to be ready. 

This goes beyond just that individual quarterback being prepared. It’s a matter of making sure each quarterback is comfortable with all their fellow starters and rotational players. That includes new targets Mike Wallace, Dallas Goedert and Markus Wheaton. So far, Wentz hasn’t gotten a ton of time with any of them. That’s going to need to change. 

You’ll remember what Pederson was talking about. Back in the summer of 2016, the Eagles had Sam Bradford as the starter, Chase Daniel as his backup and Wentz as the third-stringer. All three quarterbacks got some time with the first team, which obviously paid off when Bradford was traded. The Eagles made sure either Daniel or Wentz would be ready to step in and it ended up being Wentz. 

Of course, that summer Wentz cracked his ribs and missed the preseason, but his time with the first team allowed him to step in Week 1 once Bradford was traded and that decision was made. 

Pederson also mentioned the mission to build that rapport will fall on the individual players too. There are going to need to be some extra throwing sessions between the quarterbacks and the top targets. That’s even more important when the QBs are splitting reps during practices. 

“It can be a challenge but I’m definitely not going to worry too much about it as we go,” Pederson said. 

Either way, the Eagles are going to have a good quarterback ready to start the season. One was the Super Bowl MVP and one was playing at a league MVP level. As long as their egos stay in check — we have no reason to believe they won’t — splitting first-team reps in training camp is the perfect solution. 

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Eagles at Cowboys live: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 14 game

Eagles at Cowboys live: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 14 game

BOX SCORE

4:12 p.m.: Some good results for the Eagles in the wild card race from the 1 p.m. games: 

Browns 26, Panthers 20

Giants 40, Redskins 16 

Saints 28, Buccaneers 14 

The Panthers and Redskins came into today with 6-6 records, while the Bucs were 5-7. The two teams in the wild card spots in the NFC right now play on Monday night: Vikings at Seahawks.  

4:08 p.m.: We’re getting close to kickoff. 

Here are some scenes from pregame warmups down here in the spaceship in Arlington: 

3:05 p.m.: Here’s the Eagles’ full list of inactive players on Sunday:  

Tim Jernigan (back spasms) 
Jordan Hicks (calf)
Avonte Maddox (knee, ankle)
Jordan Mailata
Matt Pryor
Chandon Sullivan 
Nate Sudfeld 

2:55 p.m.: I had someone accuse me of putting too much pressure on Carson Wentz after I tweeted this. Obviously, I’m not putting too much pressure on Wentz. There’s obviously a ton of pressure on him in this game. He needs to perform well if the Eagles have a chance to win and it’s the biggest game of their season. 

12:10 p.m.: Could this provide the Eagles a slight advantage?

10:57 a.m.: The 1 p.m. games to keep an eye on today: 

-Panthers at Browns 

-Saints at Buccaneers

-Giants at Redskins

The Redskins and Panthers are both 6-6 and the Bucs are 5-7, so all three teams are technically still in the wild card race. On Monday night, the two teams currently in the wild card spots — Seahawks and Vikings — play in Seattle. 

9:30 a.m.: If you needed to get even more pumped up for this game, may I suggest watching this video. 

“When the lights get bright, guess what, you get brighter!”

8 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! Are you all ready for the biggest game of the season? 

The Eagles got to Dallas yesterday afternoon for this game. Jalen Mills made the trip even though he was placed on IR. That’s a tough loss for the rest of the year, but he had already been ruled out for this game. 

I caught up with Lane Johnson as the Eagles arrived to the team hotel. This Dallas game always means more to him because he’s from Texas. He has a bunch of family coming in for the game, but this time Grandma knows who to root for. 

Little later start for this game, but we’ll try to update the blog throughout the day. 

Be sure to watch Eagles Pregame Live at 3 p.m. and tune in after the game for our complete breakdown on Eagles Postgame Live. 

Eagles inactives: Tim Jernigan missing 2nd straight game

Eagles inactives: Tim Jernigan missing 2nd straight game

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Eagles will be without Tim Jernigan on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium for the biggest game of the season. 

He’s officially inactive. 

Haloti Ngata will likely start. Treyvon Hester and recently recalled Bruce Hector will be the reserve defensive tackles. The Eagles can also use Michael Bennett and Brandon Graham inside. 

Jernigan worked out by himself about two hours before kickoff. He didn’t have a trainer with him. 

Jernigan made his season debut, playing 20 snaps against the Giants two weeks ago but last week was unable to play against the Redskins because of back spasms. He was actually active last week, but the back spasms flared up just before kickoff, so he didn’t play. 

Jernigan was unable to practice this week because of those spasms. He missed the first two months of the season after having offseason back surgery. He was on the non-football injury list until November. 

Michael Bennett (foot), who missed practice earlier this week, is active. He was also listed as questionable but was expected to play. He’ll start against the Cowboys. 

Avonte Maddox (knee, ankle) was the only other player listed as questionable coming into the weekend. He is out. Jalen Mills, who was ruled out Friday, has been placed on IR, so his season is over. 

Here’s the Eagles’ full list of inactive players Sunday:  

Tim Jernigan (back spasms) 
Jordan Hicks (calf)
Avonte Maddox (knee, ankle)
Jordan Mailata
Matt Pryor
Chandon Sullivan 
Nate Sudfeld 

Chance Warmack is active for just the sixth time this season. He and Chandon Sullivan switched spots this week. The Eagles are carrying an extra offensive lineman for this game. Jason Peters has been dealing with an ankle injury and didn't practice this week, but will start on Sunday afternoon. 

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