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Carson Wentz: 'Staying Patient Is Big' Against Jaguars

As Carson Wentz met with the media in London following Friday's practice, he was asked if the weekend abroad would be similar to the Eagles' game in Los Angeles last year against the Rams, as head coach Doug Pederson had suggested earlier in the afternoon.

"I hope not," Wentz said with a smile, referring to the game in which tore his ACL.

But of course, Pederson was referring to the week the Eagles spent in California last year getting acclimated to the time difference ahead of a big game. The Eagles will have a couple days to adjust after a red-eye flight that touched down in London early Friday morning. Wentz was impressed by the team's ability to get off the plane and go right to practice.

"I thought the energy was great," Wentz said. "Getting off the plane, getting off the bus today, everyone definitely looked tired but once we got out here, it just looked like everyone was energized, revitalized, and ready to go. I'm sure right now or over the next couple of hours, guys are going to crash pretty good, but energy was great in practice today.

"It is unique definitely," he added. "Getting sleep is definitely hard to do on a flight last night. Getting your body adjusted is definitely a big part of this. It is a unique opportunity, we're all excited for it, but at the end of the day we have one goal and that's to come out with the win."

Plenty of Eagles fans made the trip overseas to see the Eagles at Wembley Stadium. In addition, there will be thousands of NFL fans from England coming to see a game between two of the final four teams from last season. The marquee matchup has created a palpable buzz that's already evident to Wentz.

"By the looks of things and everything we've heard, we're expecting a lot of energy," Wentz said. "A lot of energy, a lot of passion, the support we see from afar back home looks pretty cool. I know all of us are excited for this opportunity and hopefully we give the fans a good performance."

The Jaguars will be without two of their top cornerbacks as A.J. Bouye and Tyler Patmon did not make the trip to England. That will present an opportunity for the Eagles' offense, which ranks last in the league in touchdowns of more than 20 yards, to go deep on a stout run defense.

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The Jaguars will, however, have All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey who will be a challenge as he's expected to stay on wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Ramsey made headlines in the offseason during a GQ interview in which he offered sharp criticism to nearly every major quarterback in the league.

But Carson Wentz? Ramsey said he, along with Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, will be the league MVP for the next 10 years. Wentz was asked about the compliment as he prepares to face Ramsey for the first time.

"I mean, you hear about the comments," Wentz said. "Everyone really points that out. A lot of people say a lot of things and I don't over-analyze it. I know he's a good player, I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays the game.

"I'm assuming he'll follow Alshon and Alshon's been playing great football too, so we're not going to necessarily shy away from him," Wentz added. "We're going to give him the respect he deserves but when the play is there to be made, we trust that Alshon is going to make it."

But Ramsey will not be the only issue for Wentz. The Jaguars' defense has playmakers all over including a stout defensive line with rushers like Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell.

Wentz said that the Jacksonville defense will make some plays. The key will be to weather the storm and allow his offense to make its own plays when they are there.

"Staying patient is big, especially against a defense like this," Wentz said. "Sometimes they play a lot of soft zone and make you just earn it all the way down the field and like you said the key word is patience. Patience is a big part of what we're going to need (Sunday) and when the big plays are there we're going to have to find them."

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