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Wake-Up Call: Carson Wentz Has 'Exceeded' The Coaches' Expectations

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The Eagles return to practice with an eye on Sunday's season opener in Washington. Head coach Doug Pederson meets the media at 11:45 a.m., which we will carry live here on PhiladelphiaEagles.com and the Eagles Mobile App. Until then, here are the things you need to know for Wednesday, September 6.

1. Frank Reich Raves About Carson Wentz

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich learned that Carson Wentz would be the starting quarterback not much before the rest of the world found out. This year, Reich has had the entire offseason to prepare Wentz for his second NFL season fully knowing that he would be the starter.

And needless to say, Reich is impressed with what he's seen.

"He's emotionally and physically and in every way he's a better player. And you still have to go out and prove that, and it starts this week. But he's proven it in every phase of the offseason. We've been able to see it. Everyone can see it. I mean, everyone can see the improvements that are made: his complete command of the offense, his leadership on the team," Reich said.

"I think those have all been expected strides. But I would say he's exceeded - at some incremental level, he's exceeded the strides that you want - you can't go from here to here. You can't jump two, three steps and - no, it just doesn't happen. You like to think that.

"But you can go in small increments. And I think that he has done that and really exceeded where I think you would expect him to be."

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