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Super Bowl window wide open right now for Carson Wentz and Eagles

Super Bowl window wide open right now for Carson Wentz and Eagles

There will be no excuses for Carson Wentz. 

The Eagles’ franchise quarterback got paid on Thursday night, to the tune of a four-year extension worth a reported $128 million. And the expectation will be that the Eagles win — and win big — immediately. 

Because not only did the Eagles pay Wentz, they have also put him in a great position to succeed. 

Based on the talent around Wentz, if he can get back to his MVP-level play from 2017, there’s no reason the Eagles shouldn’t have a shot at another parade down Broad Street at some point in the next few years. 

Take a look at notable players the Eagles have locked up for the next three seasons, through 2021: 

Offense
Carson Wentz
Alshon Jeffery 
Lane Johnson
Zach Ertz
DeSean Jackson
Jason Kelce
Isaac Seumalo
Andre Dillard
Dallas Goedert
Miles Sanders
JJ Arcega-Whiteside
Jordan Mailata 

Defense
Fletcher Cox
Brandon Graham 
Malik Jackson
Nigel Bradham 
Avonte Maddox
L.J. Fort 
Josh Sweat 
Shareef Miller

(I didn’t include Derek Barnett in the list, but 2021 will be his fifth-year option season, so the Eagles can own his rights for the next three years too.) 

The obvious takeaway from that list is that the offense is stacked. Imagine if the top three picks from this past draft class pan out. The Eagles would have found the guy to protect Wentz’s blindside for the next decade and two weapons who will thrive during his prime. 

The other takeaway is that the Eagles might need to start drafting more defensive players at premier spots. But as far as Wentz is concerned, his offense is loaded with talent. 

Having a quarterback taking up such a big chunk of the salary cap makes it harder to build a team around him. But with the four-year extension, Wentz’s six-year average per year is actually under $26 million per season. There’s a chance this deal ends up becoming a bargain if he turns back into the guy we saw for most of 2017. That was also the guy who had the Eagles in position to make their Super Bowl run. 

With the talent assembled around him, it’s realistic to have similar expectations for at least the next few seasons. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Just how bad is this loss?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Just how bad is this loss?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro break down the Eagles’ 27-24 loss to the Lions at home. 

The mistakes were just horrible: Drops, fumbles, penalties. The Eagles couldn’t score on late drives and now they’re 1-2 with a tough game in Green Bay looming. 

The guys go over their biggest concerns with the Eagles with Thursday Night Football coming in a few days. 

• Mistakes just killed them 
• Why are the Eagles 1-2? 
• What happened on those late drives? 
• The guys pick their biggest concerns
• The Packers will be a tough test 

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No excuses from Eagles' Miles Sanders after fumbles: 'I have to play better'

No excuses from Eagles' Miles Sanders after fumbles: 'I have to play better'

Someone tried to ask Miles Sanders after the game if he had trouble hanging onto the football because it was so hot and he was sweating and the football was slippery.

He just shook his head and was like … come on, man.

No excuses.

He knows he has to be better. He knows he has to solve his ongoing fumbling problem.

Sanders, the Eagles’ rookie second-round pick from Penn State, finally did some good things on offense in the Eagles’ loss to the Lions Sunday, but they were more than offset by two fumbles, one of which he lost that led to a Detroit field goal (see observations).

Whether you’re a 10-year vet or a rookie, you’re in the NFL for a reason,” Sanders said. “I have a job to do. … All I can say is got to put it behind me and keep moving forward and continue to grow and get ready for next week.

Sanders fumbled midway through the second quarter, but guard Isaac Seumalo recovered and the drive continued.

Just four plays later, it happened again. This time Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson fell on the football near midfield, and five plays later the Lions took a 17-10 lead with a field goal.

Sanders is the first Eagles running back to fumble twice in the same game since Bryce Brown against the Cowboys in 2012.

It’s a long season, a long game,” Sanders said. “I got back in and tried to make the most of my opportunities. Put it behind me. I’m not perfect, but I’m definitely going to work my ass off this week to get better.

Brown, also a rookie, rushed for 169 yards in that 2012 game against the Cowboys. Sanders didn’t pile up quite that many yards, but after another slow start he did put up 126 yards from scrimmage — the most by an Eagles rookie running back since that same game.

Sanders was on the receiving end of Carson Wentz’s two longest passes — a 40-yarder in the first quarter and a 33-yarder in the fourth — and ran 13 times for 53 yards, a respectable 4.1 after he averaged just 2.5 yards in his first two games.

His 73 receiving yards are the most by an Eagles rookie running back in a regular season game since Robert Drummond had 74 against the Chargers in 1989, although Corey Clement had 100 in the Super Bowl.

There’s always positives in every game,” he said. “But got to come out with a win. I’ve got to play better. I put us in some tough situations.

Sanders fumbled 10 times in 308 touches at Penn State, which is once every 31 touches.

And that’s way too many.

He now has two fumbles in 40 touches as an Eagle.

Wayyyyy too many.

Continue to keep working,” he said. “I’m not perfect. Try to be perfect. On to the next game.

The first couple games, Sanders held onto the ball but didn’t produce.

This time there were some positives signs … but he fumbled twice.

The challenge for the Eagles and for Sanders is getting the production without the fumbles.

Because as talented as Sanders is, if he can’t hang onto the football, he's not going to play.

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