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LeGarrette Blount thinks Carson Wentz can be 'special'

LeGarrette Blount thinks Carson Wentz can be 'special'

It has sort of become a rite of passage. Become a Philadelphia Eagle and praise Carson Wentz. 

It's become as much of a ritual as Wentz's welcoming said new player to the team via Twitter. 

So as LeGarrette Blount was introduced to Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, he of course, had nothing but glowing reviews about the Eagles' young quarterback. 

But if anyone knows something about great quarterback play, it ought to be Blount, who has won two Super Bowl titles taking handoffs from Tom Brady. No, Blount didn't compare Wentz to Brady; that would be a little much. But he does think Wentz has a bright future. 

"Obviously, he's one of the better quarterbacks of his draft class and his generation," Blount said. "I think he has the potential to be a really special player. He has all the tools that is needed and the grind that is needed and the mindset to maximize his abilities if he just continues to work hard."

In Year 2, Wentz already has way more weapons than he had as a rookie. First, the team added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith in free agency, then drafted Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson and Donnel Pumphrey. 

Now, the team added Blount, who should fit the role of the big back the Eagles seemed to be missing. 

As a rookie, Wentz threw for 3,782 yards, the fourth-most in team history, with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In his second year, with more weapons, it's realistic to expect a big jump from the franchise quarterback. 

"Physically, he's ideal," Blount said to CSN's Derrick Gunn. "That's exactly the size of a quarterback you would want (Wentz is 6-5, 237). He's big, he's strong, he's athletic, he's mobile and he can throw the ball. And he's a smart guy; he's really smart. He doesn't turn the ball over a lot, so up and coming is right. I feel like he's probably the best quarterback in his draft class, so the Eagles got one of the better guys in the draft with him." 

There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

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There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

On Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he didn't want to "push any panic buttons" because of his offensive line. 

Turns out, he might be ready to. 

During the portion of Wednesday's practice that is open to reporters, Chance Warmack took first-team left guard reps between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce during individual drills. Isaac Seumalo was no longer working with the first team. It could possibly be a sign of things to come. 

The team portion of practice is closed to media members. 

Seumalo, the second-year offensive lineman out of Oregon State, had a terrible game against the Chiefs on Sunday. He gave up four of the six sacks the Eagles allowed and three of them went to defensive end Chris Jones, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. 

Seumalo, 23, admitted after the 27-20 loss Sunday that he needed to play better (see story). Meanwhile, Pederson pointed out some of Seumalo's issues — dropping his head, late hands, getting off the ball late — but said they were correctable. 

"So we'll evaluate the whole thing," Pederson continued Wednesday after saying he didn't want to push panic buttons. "It's not — again, it's not just one guy. If you're going to point the finger too, you can point it at me; I'm part of the pie, too. We'll evaluate it and we'll keep evaluating it."

Seumalo was handed the starting left guard job at the start of this training camp. The team decided that and was set to release veteran, and previous starter, Allen Barbre until they were able to get a conditional seventh-round pick for him. Looking back, they might have made that move too hastily. 

For the first two games of the season, Warmack has been inactive. It's the first time in his NFL career that he's been healthy and hasn't played. The former 10th overall pick joined the Eagles this offseason on a one-year deal but has since signed an extension to keep him under contract through the 2018 season. Warmack, after the first game of the season, said he was trying not to read into anything (see story)

In Philadelphia, Warmack has been reunited with his college position coach Jeff Stoutland. That was a big part of the reason he decided to join the Eagles. 

In addition to Warmack, the Eagles also have veteran Stefen Wisniewski available to play guard. 

Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice


Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice

The Eagles are pretty light at defensive back Wednesday.

Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins, who both suffered hamstring injuries during Sunday's 27-20 loss to Kansas City, didn't practice Wednesday. 

"Right now, day to day," Pederson said. "Keep evaluating, keep monitoring both of those guys."

Defensive back Corey Graham also didn't practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury of his own. He was on the field wearing a baseball cap, chatting with McLeod, Watkins and Sidney Jones.

The Eagles are down to just six healthy defensive backs without McLeod, Watkins, Graham and Ronald Darby, who is out for at least another few weeks with a dislocated ankle. 

Despite the numbers in the secondary, the Eagles still haven't filled the empty spot on their roster. The Eagles have had the 53rd spot empty since they placed Donnel Pumphrey on IR with a torn hamstring Friday.

Pederson said the Eagles are going to "keep [their] eyes open" but haven't made a decision on how to fill the empty roster spot yet. They have just one defensive back on their practice squad. They signed former Chiefs corner De'Vante Bausby last week.

The Eagles tried to sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off the Bears' practice squad, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, but the Bears were able to keep him by promoting him to their active roster.

The Eagles were so light at safety in Sunday's game that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz admitted the team started to prepare linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill to go into the game. On Wednesday, the Eagles had just two healthy safeties: Malcolm Jenkins and the seldom-used Chris Maragos. 

DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) also missed Wednesday's practice. He missed the game on Sunday.