Getty Brandon Graham sees a big year for Derek Barnett, former first-round pick.
Carson Wentz refused to admit that revenge was on his mind when he spoke about facing the Philadelphia Eagles. He had no animosity towards the franchise that selected and prepared him, and then released it as a Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
Wentz is treating the Commanders-Eagles game in week 3 as just another game. He spoke only of fond memories and lots of fun during his five-year career in Philadelphia. That’s a sideline. In the hallway of I-95, there are some players in the Eagles locker room who arrive with something to prove.
According to Brandon Graham, some guys had this game “marked” on the agenda. Revenge? Partially. Wentz dropped out of the team after he was replaced by Jalen Hurts in 2020.
“This situation is totally different with him the way it ended, being here the way things turned out,” Graham told reporters. “I just feel like, you know, some guys have had their game circled if he plays us again. So it’s the first time I’ve seen him since he left. So, you know, let’s do what we gotta do.”
Jason Peters on Wentz: “I was in Philadelphia. It’s a tough city to play in. You have to bring him every year or Philly will eat you.”
Brandon Graham on Wentz: “Philadelphia is a tough place to play so when things weren’t going well I knew it was tough for him” #Eagles pic.twitter.com/G8EbmXU2Zs
— Thomas R. Petersen (@thomasrp93) March 4, 2021
It’s probably more out of a sense of pride that Wentz refused to be a part of it after he let hurt feelings get in the way. He could have come to training camp and competed for the starting position with Hurts, but he didn’t want to. Instead, Wentz requested an out-of-town trade and created an awkward situation.
“You know what? I’m happy to be able to play with him because it’s going to be something we can talk about later in our career, after whoever wins this game wins, whatever it is,” Graham said. “But we see him twice, and that’s good for us and for him, because he’s had two chances to do his thing against us and both of us to do our thing against him.”
Fletcher Cox still talks to Wentz, no hard feelings
Fletcher Cox revealed that he spoke with Wentz the other day and is making an effort to stay in touch with his former franchise quarterback. Why not? The Eagles don’t win the Super Bowl without Wentz running the ship for 13 games in 2017.
“We loved Carson while he was here,” Cox said. “I still talk to him, I actually talked to him yesterday. Nothing changed.
Fletcher Cox on Tweeting Like for Carson Wentz to headline
“Carson is my best friend on the team. I’ve been taking care of his back since day one. It sucks that someone like Carson is in that position. He’s never just a man.”
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— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 9, 2020
Not even Wentz’s unique skill set has changed: great arm strength, slippery mobility and a flair for the dramatic. Cox sees the same quarterback in Washington, with the same traits he’s seen every day in practice for five seasons.
“The thing about Carson is that he still has the arm talent,” Cox said. “He’s still making passes across the field, making guys miss. Again, it’s very slippery when it comes to dodging screens and making guys miss, so I think the biggest thing for us is focusing on our game plan.”
And focus on Wentz’s explosive weapons and offensive line. They are putting points on the board worth 27.5 per game.
“Don’t focus so much on Carson because they have an elite group of guys with skills,” Cox said. “I think they’re pretty good at first, so it’s going to depend on who wants more.”
Darius Slay Addresses NFC Award Winner
Darius Slay was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after a two-interception night against Minnesota. He scored his fifth weekly award: two with Philadelphia, another three with Detroit. Winning these things is getting old? No, especially when Jamel Dean was playing for Tampa Bay.
Slay mentioned Dean’s big day and acknowledged how grateful he was for the honor.
“It’s tough being Defensive Player of the Week,” Slay said. “There are a lot of great DBs here, a lot of good ball being played, Dean could have won the other day. He also had two choices, so a lot of guys could have won. For me, winning it is always a pleasure, I’m always grateful. I appreciate. But I went out and worked really hard for it.”
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