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Game Vs. Browns: Quarterback Carson Wentz

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On how nervous he was today:**

"I wasn't really nervous. I really don't get nervous. I like to listen to worship music before the game to kind of calm my nerves. I just go out and have fun. It's a game and I try to enjoy it. I had a lot of fun today and the turnout was good."

On Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson talking to him before the game to calm his nerves and if he got the sense that Pederson was nervous:

"I did not, no. He seemed ready to go. Locked in. I thought he called a great game. I thought we did some really good things offensively. It was fun out there."

On what the first drive of the game did for him:

"It was huge. It gave me a lot of confidence. Going down, moving the ball, getting that 20-yard touchdown or whatever it was right away, right off the bat, was huge for my confidence and was huge for this team's confidence. I know the people here were rocking, so it was a lot of fun and was a great start to the year."

On what he saw pre-snap before the first drive of the game:

"It was just man coverage across the board. I knew Jordan [Matthews] – all week we'd been repping that – I knew he would get a good release and beat his guy. And that's what he did and I just threw it out there and gave him a chance and he made a heck of a play."

On the play later in the game with Matthews where he started under center and dropped back in the shotgun and found him for 28 yards:

"We just changed the protection. Based on the look they were giving us, we changed protection. I got in the shotgun and communicated across the board and Jordan did a really good job beating his guy. [He] sped up his route due to the blitz that was coming, so he did a really good job and he was wide open and made my job easy."

On if that was his decision and if he made that call at the line:

"Yeah. I'm pretty sure [Eagles C Jason] Kelce saw it at the same time, so we were on the same page right away."

On if he was trying not to run many option plays because of his ribs or if that was part of the gameplan:

"It was part of the gameplan. It wasn't a big part of the gameplan this week. The gameplan we had was pretty solid and we executed pretty well."

On how he got a timing connection with his receivers during the crash course this week:

"Like I mentioned, it just really goes back to the offseason: the spring and right after the draft and all summer long being around those guys. Obviously, the amount of reps was limited, but we made it work and at the end of the day, it comes down to players making plays and that's what we did today."

On if it was good to take a hit today that was similar to the one in the preseason and how it felt to get hit and get up and be okay:

"Yeah, I don't really remember the specific one. I thought the whole line did a great job today. Some of them, we had some free hitters based on how they just out-numbered us. They brought one too many and we just have to get the protection better, but I thought it was good."

On if he was surprised that Pederson went for it on fourth-and-4:

"I wasn't really surprised. I know he has an aggressive nature about him. For me in that moment of the game, it was just react and go call the play and go execute. They heated us up. They brought an all-out blitz and [Eagles TE Zach] Ertz made a great play. I was pretty excited that he had the faith in me to call the fourth-and-4 play and put us in that situation."

On Ertz being his first option and hot read on the fourth-and-4 play:

"That was the first progression and he was the hot look as well so it worked out great."

On the touchdown pass to Eagles WR Nelson Agholor:

"That was huge. Obviously staying on the field was huge and then we took a shot right away. When Coach [Doug Pederson] called it, I was pretty excited. And Nelson right off the ball just killed his guy. He had a great release. I just put it out there for him and he was running. It was great."

On what he thinks the response will be tomorrow:

"I will see what happens. At the end of the day, for me it's still just about playing football. I have to block out the noise, both good and bad, and just get back to work. That's what it's about and the goal is to go 1-0 each week."

On his communication with Coach Pederson today:

"Coach Pederson has been awesome. We had some great communication between drives about what we're looking at and what we're seeing when we're going for each drive. It's been really positive. He's valued my input and his input has really helped me. The trust that he's had in me to put me in some of these situations makes me that much more confident. It was really good today."

On whether he felt the gameplan expanded as the game went on and opened up:

"Maybe a little bit. It's hard to say though. I thought we had a nice drive right away when we threw five times or something to put it into the end zone.  I wouldn't say it really opened up, it's just the way it went."

On whether he was able to soak up the situation today:

"I came out pretty early when there weren't fans out there, and I just took it all in. I realized how truly blessed I am and to have this opportunity and to make the most of it. I have to remember it's just a game. I came out here and had fun today. It was a great team win."

On reality versus everything he has dreamed about:

"At the end of the day, we won. You dream and you want to win. That was the goal today and we had a great team win. I think it will hit me now after the game. I've been dreaming about this since I was a kid. It's just the first of many and now it's on to next week."

On what Griffin III said to him after the game:

"We just exchanged some words. Nothing real specific. We wished each other the best of luck."

On whether he feels like he needs to clean up some of his work:

"Yes, there were some protections that I probably missed. I have to go back and watch the tape. I thought communication-wise we were pretty solid today. We ran the ball well and the offensive line did a great job of keeping me clean. We just have to keep getting better and keep executing. We missed some opportunities here and there that we can hit."

On getting ready for next week:

"Jordan [Matthews] already said, 'Let's get back to work.' That's exactly the mentality we need. We're going to learn from this game, and we are going to build on it. It was a great first team win, but we're going to head into Chicago next week right away and it's on to the next."

On whether he could sense if Coach Pederson had jitters before the game:

"No, not really. I thought he called a great game. He didn't seem real nervous."

On whether he was nervous:

"No. I felt very confident. Right from the first snap, it was locked in and it was just football again."

On whether he was overcome with emotion after the game:

"It was pretty cool. The fans obviously were pretty excited. The guys came up to me and it was great to get the first one under my belt. It was just a great first start and I'm glad it came out the way it did."

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