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Gunn's Bullet Points: Carson Wentz proving to be a fast starter

Gunn's Bullet Points: Carson Wentz proving to be a fast starter

Some thoughts on the Eagles' 29-14 win over the Bears:

• For the second straight week, the Eagles' offense scored points on the opening drive of a game. Carson Wentz is 12 for 14 for 102 yards and one TD on those drives.

• Wentz joins John Elway, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez and Ryan Leaf as the only rookie QBs to win their first two games of a season since the NFL merger.

• The Eagles have won five of their last six games on Monday Night Football.

• Ryan Mathews didn't put up big numbers against Chicago but he did score twice. The back of his right hand was swollen and he had an X-ray taken after the game, but he said he was OK. Let's keep an eye on this situation.

• Impressive how the Eagles opened the game with six straight passes before going to the run.

• The Eagles' defense generated three more turnovers and sacked Jay Cutler three times. The D gave up only 284 yards. Through two games, the Eagles' 286 yards allowed per game ranks fourth in the NFL.

• 2-0 ... BRING ON THE STEELERS! Enough said.

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Eagles sign Soul wide receiver Darius Prince, waive defensive lineman Adam Reth

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Eagles sign Soul wide receiver Darius Prince, waive defensive lineman Adam Reth

Along with a Super Bowl MVP, the Eagles now have an ArenaBowl MVP on their roster. 

The Eagles on Saturday afternoon signed wide receiver Darius Prince and waived defensive tackle Adam Reth. Prince earned ArenaBowl XXX MVP honors with five catches for 27 yards and two touchdowns in the Soul's 44-40 victory over the Tampa Bay Storm last year. 

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Prince has come a long way in the last year. After making his AFL debut in the 2017 playoffs, the 28-year-old had a league-high 89 catches, 1,024 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns this past season in just 12 games. Before joining the Soul, Prince played for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks of the National Arena League.

“My first thought was how thankful I am to the Lord for giving me this opportunity,” Prince said in a statement. “Then I thought about everything I’ve been through. I started at the bottom and now I am signing a contract with the Super Bowl champs, it’s really a surreal feeling.”

Prince has an interesting background. The McKeesport, Pennsylvania, native didn't play college football, and was a basketball player at Penn State-Greater Allegheny and Penn State-Beaver. 

The Eagles last signed a Soul player in 2016, when they added defensive end Jake Metz, who did not make the final roster. 

“We’re incredibly proud of Darius,” Soul president John Adams said. "He is a great ambassador of the Soul brand and we wish him all the best on this next stop of his career.”

In all likelihood, Prince won't be with the Eagles for long. The team has to cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, and currently has 13 wide receivers on the roster.

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Carson Wentz to resume full-team drills starting Sunday

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Carson Wentz to resume full-team drills starting Sunday

There’s some good — albeit expected — news with Carson Wentz.

When the Eagles return to practice Sunday, Wentz will be back in 11-on-11 drills.

Earlier this week, Wentz said he expected to be back in full-team drills this coming week (see story). That’s according to the master plan set forth by the Eagles’ coaches and doctors.

Early in training camp, Wentz was involved in 11-on-11 drills but the team backed off after a few days. Doug Pederson said he saw what he wanted from Wentz and the team didn’t want to expose him to any unnecessary risk.

With less than three weeks until the season opener, Wentz is still targeting a Week 1 return. The last hurdle will still be to get cleared for contact. That hasn’t happened yet.

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