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Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:21:53 GMT
Eagles' Wentz, Cox both learning to deal with hits
FRANK REICH said something about Carson Wentz on Thursday that, from an emotional sense, might also be applied to Fletcher Cox. Analyzing the rookie quarterback's response to being hit, harried and hurried over the last two weeks and particularly last Sunday, Reich said: "It usually has an effect on most quarterbacks, to be honest with you. Everybody knows that in this business. You have to regroup from it, but it's hard to stand back there and get hit early and not let it affect you."
Donnellon: Flyers coach Hakstol not so anonymous anymore
SOMETHING STRANGE happened to Dave Hakstol one day last January. Something wonderful. A rare day off spent with his family required a prolonged stop at a Wegman's near his South Jersey home, a supermarket teeming with people, some of them presumably hockey fans.
Donnellon: Provorov's game belies his age
HE STEPPED gingerly onto the Skate Zone ice just before 11, his first few strides resembling those of a current Hall of Famer, not a teenager who dreams of becoming one.
Donnellon: Wentz wind beneath Eagles' wings
THE BALL dropped over the defender and into the hands of Darren Sproles, a pass made in stride to a running back in full stride. Carson Wentz threw it not running forward as much as he threw it running laterally, adding a few more degrees of difficulty to the 15-yard flick that turned into a 73-yard touchdown pass after Sproles Bugs-Bunnied his way through a Pittsburgh secondary performing as if extras in a movie.
Donnellon: Thanks for the memories, Ryan Howard
A decade ago, on a sunny September Sunday not unlike the one currently predicted for nine days from now, Ryan Howard hit three consecutive home runs off Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson, each to a different part of the field, each hit farther than the previous one - the last, according to the pitcher, "a four-seamer up and away, off the plate . . .
Donnellon: Eagles' defense makes a statement
CHICAGO - Alshon Jeffery stopped for a moment, then he went.
Jalen Mills stayed, just for a moment.
But a moment, for a rookie cornerback covering an elite receiver, can feel like an eternity. And when the ball settled in the arms of the Bears' star receiver 49 yards later, the Eagles rookie flailing around his hips, it had that feeling of one of those long days that so often hounded your 2015 season.
Donnellon: For Eagles, time of possession is back in style
AT THE END of the third quarter Sunday, the second-most important number was this:
That is how long the Philadelphia Eagles' offense had control of the ball. Run the ball into the line. One yard. Two yards. Run the ball around the end. Four, 5, 6 yards. Throw it quick, throw it safe, keep hitting the defense of the Cleveland Browns in the ribs until the head became exposed.