Morning sports update: What the Eagles want Carson Wentz to learn from Tom Brady

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz throws before Super Bowl 52. –AP Photo/Matt Slocum

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What the Eagles want Carson Wentz to learn from Tom Brady

The Philadelphia Eagles believe they have one of the best quarterbacks in football, and it’s not even the one who just hoisted the Lombardi Trophy as the MVP of Super Bowl LII. Carson Wentz was on pace for an MVP award of his own before tearing the ACL in his left knee in December.

At the NFL owners meetings this week, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie described Wentz as “a dynamic leader, tremendously talented, great personality, wants to win so bad. Just everything you’d want.”

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The quarterback has set opening day as his targeted return date, and head coach Doug Pederson said he’s encouraged by how Wentz’s rehab is progressing, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. When Wentz does return from the injury, Pederson wants his play-caller to take a page out of Tom Brady’s handbook. Brady suffered an ACL tear in the 2008 season opener, but returned to the field to pick up two Super Bowls and two MVP awards.

“Yeah, I’m gonna sit down and talk to him,” Pederson said. “Longevity’s everything in this business. Learn from the best. Learn from Tom Brady, who got hurt early in his career. And learn from guys that have done that and yet still went on to have great careers and long careers.”

The Philadelphia head coach said Wentz might have to learn to adjust his playing style so that he relies less on the explosive mobility that made him both an MVP-candidate and a target in the open field. (ESPN)

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