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Carson Wentz throws at Eagles practice again Monday, won't change style of play

Carson Wentz throws at Eagles practice again Monday, won't change style of play

As the Eagles stretched prior to practice on Monday afternoon, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw several passes on a side field, while head trainer Chris Peduzzi watched closely.

Wentz wasn’t in a helmet and isn’t ready to practice just yet thanks to his cracked ribs, but the No. 2 overall pick is at least making progress.

“Still experiencing some discomfort,” said Wentz, who added he no longer feels pain in other daily activities. “It’s one of those things that just takes time. I’m going to try today off to the side of practice and just get some throwing in. But it just takes some time.”

Head coach Doug Pederson was perhaps confused while speaking to the media on Monday morning, when he said Wentz threw Sunday and wouldn’t throw Monday. Instead, Wentz said, he took Sunday off after throwing on Saturday.

Pederson again classified Wentz’s injury as “day to day.” And the plan is still to have Wentz ready to play in the fourth and final preseason game on Sept. 1 at the Linc against the Jets.

“That’s the goal,” Wentz said. “But again, it’s just one of those things where you just have to wait and see. They have to do another scan and just kind of reevaluate here in probably about a week.”

Wentz is known for his physical style of play at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. He said despite the injury, he doesn’t plan on changing anything.

“It’s not going to change the way I play,” Wentz said. “I’m not going to back away from anything. At the same time, I’m still learning how to control myself and take care of the body, protect myself a little more. That’s something I just need to keep doing for the rest of my career.”

While he obviously wasn’t able to play in the game on Thursday, Wentz was on the sideline. He said he did the same things he would have done if he had been dressed. He helped the other three quarterbacks and, of course, took mental reps.

Mental reps is the term injured players use to describe what they do while they can’t physically participate in practice. Wentz has been getting plenty of mental reps recently.

This process isn’t something completely new to the rookie either. He spent a good portion of his 2015 season in college taking mental reps while he was out with a broken wrist.

How much does Wentz get out of mental reps?

“I get quite a bit,” he said. “As long as you’re locked in. I’m always asking coaches a million questions. I’m always trying to find out what’s happening. I’m always trying to pretend I’m in there and what would I maybe change? Or what would my read be? I get quite a bit out of it.”

Eagles reportedly have a new secondary coach

Eagles reportedly have a new secondary coach

Marquand Manuel is the Eagles’ new secondary coach, according to a tweet by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

The 40-year-old Manuel replaces Cory Undlin, who had served in that role since 2015, first under Chip Kelly and the last four years under Doug Pederson. Undlin was named Lions defensive coordinator two weeks ago.

Manuel and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz go back a ways. Manuel played for the Lions in 2009 when Schwartz was their head coach.

Manuel was not in the NFL this past year. He spent the previous four years under Dan Quinn with the Falcons, two years as secondary coach and two years as defensive coordinator before getting fired following the 2018 season.

The Falcons reached the Super Bowl in his second year in Atlanta, losing to the Patriots in Houston.

Before Atlanta, Manuel spent three years working under Quinn with the Seahawks, holding a variety of titles on the defensive staff.

Manuel, who played for Steve Spurrier at Florida, was the Bengals’ 6th-round pick in 2002 and spent eight years as a safety in the NFL with six different teams — the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers, Broncos and Lions.

He played in 116 games, starting 58, with two interceptions and a pick-6 while he was with the Packers in 2006 off Jon Kitna of the Lions.

The Eagles also reportedly interviewed Browns defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker for the position.

The Eagles already have a safeties coach on the staff, former Eagle Tim Hauck. He was Pederson's teammate with the Eagles in 1999 and has been on Pederson's staff since 2016.

Quinn had this to say about Manuel on the Falcons’ web site back in 2018:

From the time I've met him from now, one thing that's cool to see that has stayed consistent is the energy and enthusiasm he has for players. He made the transition from player to coach really seamlessly because he knew the boundaries of coach, but he also stepped across to say, I can push you. That's not easy to do. He's always had mental quickness of a quarterback or someone who gets concepts really quickly. That transferred into this coaching fast. He can communicate concepts and ideas quickly to people on the run, in the moment, that's a really valuable asset as a coach.

The Eagles still have openings to replace the three assistant coaches Doug Pederson fired: offensive coordinator Mike Groh, wide receivers coach Carson Walch and defensive line coach Phillip Daniels.

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Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Just a few days ago, it seemed like the Eagles weren’t going to lose Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry because it looked like the Browns were going to hire someone else.

Well, that someone else has dropped out of the race.

Vikings assistant GM George Paton has taken himself out of the running to be the Browns’ next general manager, which means Berry is now the new favorite, according to Cleveland.com

This is certainly an interesting turn of events.

According to Cleveland.com, “Paton was reluctant to accept the initial interview because he assumed the job would go Berry.”

Now it might.

It would have made plenty of sense for the Browns to hire Paton, who has a long-standing relationship with new head coach Kevin Stefanski from their time together in Minnesota. But according to reports over the past few weeks, it seems like Berry has been a favorite of ownership and the front office.

While Berry and Stefanski have never worked together, they did get to know each other during the coaching search in Cleveland a year ago. After that search, the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens and Berry left for Philly. But now, Berry and Stefanski might actually get a chance to work with one another.

The Harvard-educated Berry, 32, was with the Browns from 2016-18 as their Vice President of Player Personnel before he joined the Eagles last season in a role they created for him. Berry initially came up in the Colts franchise, first as a scouting assistant and finally as a pro scouting coordinator. He’s been a quick-riser in the NFL world.

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles reportedly denied a request from the Panthers to interview Berry for a Vice President job. The reasoning from the Eagles was that it wasn’t a general manager position and he wouldn’t have had final say on personnel matters.

Final say is something Berry will likely never have here in Philadelphia. Despite a few missteps in recent years, Howie Roseman has pretty solid job security and he isn’t going anywhere. If Berry is going to become a GM, it’s going to be in another city. And it seems like that day might be coming soon.

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