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Carson Wentz gives Lane Johnson crap for play he got injured on

Carson Wentz gives Lane Johnson crap for play he got injured on

Carson Wentz seemingly got hurt on the play where he rushed for a touchdown against the Rams that was called back thanks to a holding penalty on Lane Johnson.

Thanks a lot, Lane! *Warning: the GIF of the hit is graphic.*

In a pretty interesting video shared to running back Kenjon Barner's Instagram page, you can hear Wentz giving Johnson the business about it after the Eagles' win.

"I ran in two touchdowns today and you took them both away," Wentz said.

"You got a lot of nerve coming at me like that," you can hear Johnson respond.

Check it out: 

There's definitely some laughter taking place, so it's unclear how much friendly ribbing is going on or if Wentz is actually upset. Judge for yourself.

It also makes you wonder what the team's policies on sharing behind-the-scenes footage of team-related stuff on social media is these days? I don't suspect this is something Wentz and Johnson particularly wanted to get out in the public eye.

I suppose it's good to see Wentz is in relatively positive spirits despite being lost for the season.

Ugh. A city's hope is now in the big hands of Nick Foles.

Are 2018 Eagles better or worse at running back?

Are 2018 Eagles better or worse at running back?

The Eagles’ leading rusher a season ago, LeGarrette Blount, was allowed to walk in free agency. Of course, the team already picked up his replacement, Jay Ajayi, in an October trade with the Dolphins.

The changing of the guard is complete in the running backs room, but are the 2018 Eagles better for it?

Better

Younger

Blount proved there was something left in the tank, but was running on fumes by December. Over his final eight games including playoffs, the 31-year-old averaged 3.5 yards per attempt or below in all but two – a meaningless Week 17 contest against the Cowboys and 14-carry, 90-yard performance in Super Bowl LII.

The Eagles should be better served by fresh legs down the stretch. Ajayi, 25, quickly snatched the lead role from Blount with a healthy 5.3-yard average after the trade, bringing a needed explosive element to the offense. And Corey Clement, 23, is in line for more touches after racking up 616 yards from scrimmage and leading the team’s backs with seven total touchdowns.

Blount served his purpose. His bruising, between-the-tackles rushing style simply isn’t conducive for a running back’s body holding up over a full season at that age. With a split workload, wearing down shouldn’t be an issue for Ajayi and Clement.

Worse

Ball security

Somewhat surprisingly, the most troubling aspect of the Ajayi trade wasn’t his bad knee, which has been referred to as a ticking time bomb – not yet, anyway.

That’s a concern, although the more immediate question is whether Ajayi can take care of this fumbling problem. He’s now put the ball on the carpet eight times over the past two seasons, or once every 73 touches. Only Tavon Austin has coughed it up more during that span.

Ball security is paramount. It doesn’t matter how fresh Ajayi is in January. If he fumbles at the wrong time, it can cost the Eagles their season.

The same

Darren Sproles

Technically, you can call this an upgrade, seeing as the Eagles were without Sproles since September of last season. The important thing is the Eagles know what they’re getting when they plug the three-time Pro Bowl selection into the lineup. He’s a shifty ball carrier who can get to the second and third levels quickly, and a matchup problem as a receiver out of the backfield.

Sproles is 35 and coming back from a torn ACL, issues we addressed in a previous chapter. Despite those concerns, as a special weapon getting 5-10 touches per game, he has enough short-distance quickness and veteran savvy to get the job done.

The unknown

Donnel Pumphrey

Chosen in the fourth round in last year’s draft, Pumphrey looked completely out of place in preseason action. The NCAA’s all-time leading rusher averaged 1.9 yards per carry, 5.5 yards per reception and couldn’t get much going in the return game, either.

Listed at 5-foot-9, 176 pounds, is Pumphrey too slight to play in the NFL? With 4.48 speed, is he not elusive enough to dodge hits at this level? Maybe.

It’s also possible Pumphrey was some combination of slowed by a hamstring injury (he eventually landed on injured reserve in September, though it’s unclear whether it was related), a little in over his head learning the playbook and not put in a position to succeed in the third-string offense. Yes, he needed to bulk up and needs to adapt to the speed of the game, but the Eagles felt the 23-year-old warranted another look. We’ll see.

Better or worse?

Blount exceeded some expectations last season, but the late-season declines have become a regular occurrence. It’s only a matter of time before he’s plodding and un-menacing in September, too. Give those touches to Ajayi and Clement, mix in Sproles, and maybe even a dash or Pumphrey or Wendell Smallwood, and this has the making of a much more dynamic group than a season ago. BETTER
 

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Carson Wentz married Madison Oberg over the weekend in Philly suburb

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Carson Wentz married Madison Oberg over the weekend in Philly suburb

Carson Wentz is a married man.

The Eagles' quarterback and his bride, Madison Oberg, kept things on the DL and got married in Bucks County over the weekend.

Wentz shared photos of their engagement back in February and again posted a couple of select shots from their wedding to his Twitter on Monday.

"Such a blessing to finally get to marry my best friend! It was an incredible day and God has his fingerprints all over our story! I’m a lucky man with one amazing wife #WentzUponATime," Wentz tweeted.

The ceremony over the weekend reportedly took place at The Lake House Inn and was visible to a boater named Christy Stack, who snapped a couple of photos and shared them to Facebook.

"We could hear the whole ceremony! And then after 'you may kiss the bride' a guy on a kayak did the Eagles chant ," Stack wrote on Facebook.

Congrats to Wentz and his new wife. The guy just keeps collecting rings in 2018.

Here's a look at the setting as shared by the caterer: