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The reason Corey Clement still respects Ezekiel Elliott

The reason Corey Clement still respects Ezekiel Elliott

In this week's "Gunn-on-One," which you can see Sunday on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Eagles Pregame Live, Derrick Gunn talks with rookie running back Corey Clement.

Clement, undrafted from Wisconsin, leads the Eagles' backfield with six touchdowns (four rushing, two receiving), and has averaged 4.4 yards per carry. He discussed the keys to his success as a rookie. 

Gunn: You have carved out a nice little niche for yourself in this backfield. How is it that you seem to have this knack for finding the end zone?

Clement: I think it just goes into the preparation that I've had coming into this organization, especially with the help of (running backs coach) Duce Staley. He's helped me, and my knack for finding the end zone became that much more clear. And as for being in the red zone, I definitely depend on the O-line to do what they normally do, and that's handle the trenches, and I got to make them look right by making their key reads. It's just all about the correct timing, study habits, and just having a good feel for the game.

Gunn: You have a lot of depth in that backfield, including a couple of Pro Bowl caliber-type guys. How have you been able to maintain the rotation and not let egos get in the way?

Clement: I think it's where it starts in the room. Tuesdays when we come in, we all just collectively have an open forum. Whoever has anything to get off their chest, how we feel about the game we just played just to make sure everybody is on the same page as far as the game plan, how to help the next running back out. I think everybody is always pulling for one another, and I think that's where comradery and passion for the game always seems to accumulate as one.

Gunn: You're gonna see a guy on the other side of the field named Ezekiel Elliott. Tell me what you like about his running style because I know you got to see him a few times in college, having played against him.

Clement: I love the way Zeke approaches each game. He's definitely a guy you always have to stop and at times he's still putting up 200-yard performances, just with what he did last year. I played against him in college. He did some damage to us in the Big Ten championship. That's hats off to him. He's a guy who's always about his team and wants nothing but the best for them. But at the same time, I always try to outdo him with the carries and touches I do get. I got to make them happen.

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Everyone knows the plan is for Nick Foles to eventually head back to the bench in favor of Carson Wentz.

Apparently, Eagles fans just didn’t care.

Because when the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list for the first quarter of 2018 was released on Thursday, Foles was right at the top for all officially licensed merchandise from March 1-May 31.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Nick Foles
2. Tom Brady 
3. Carson Wentz
4. Saquon Barkley
5. Dak Prescott
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Ezekiel Elliott
8. Jimmy Garoppolo
9. Odell Beckham Jr. 
10. Derek Carr

That means the NFC East took six of the top 10 spots, which is pretty wild.

But it’s even crazier to think that Foles went from starting last season as a backup to having more products with his likeness sold this offseason than any other player in the league, including the guy whose job he took and who is expected to take it back. He also beat that guy who didn’t catch a pass in the Super Bowl.

We definitely saw a Super Bowl spike in this list, starting with Foles, who led all players in photography products sold. I guess everyone wanted an image of him catching the football on the "Philly Special" or perhaps something with the now famous photo of Foles with his infant daughter. On the previous list from last year (from March 1, 2017-Feb. 28), Foles was at No. 22, so we should have seen this coming. Wentz held steady at No. 3, despite the injury and missing the Super Bowl.

Here’s every Eagle on the new list with their ranking on the last in parenthesis:

1. Nick Foles (22)
3. Carson Wentz (3) 
13. Zach Ertz (17)
33. Alshon Jeffery (43)
34. Brandon Graham (N/A)
46. Fletcher Cox (N/A)

The only Eagles player to drop out of the top 50 is Jay Ajayi (45), who is entering the final year of his current contract.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Foles can stay at or near the top of the list, especially if he starts the season on the bench. But based on the way most Eagles fans have celebrated the win in Super Bowl LII, Foles merchandise isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon.

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On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank reminds fans of how good Carson Wentz is; despite the magical run from Nick Foles, don't forget about Wentz. Alshon Jeffery's impact goes well beyond his statistics. An unbelievable stat on Zach Ertz. And why Brian Dawkins is a truly unique athlete in Philadelphia sports history.

2:00 - Don't forget how good Carson Wentz is.
4:30 - Alshon Jeffery's value.
9:30 - Unbelievable Zach Ertz stat.
13:00 - Brian Dawkins' route to the Hall of Fame.
18:00 - Dawkins is a unique Philly sports figure because everyone adores him.

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