Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Wentz expects harmony, big learning curve

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz spent his first practice with the Eagles throwing indoors because of rain.

The No. 2 overall pick took snaps and fired passes on the first day of rookie camp Friday. He will be the main man under center until starter Sam Bradford and backup Chase Daniel arrive Tuesday for the start of organized team activities.

"Hopefully, I can lead these guys and show what I can do a little bit," Wentz said. "Nothing is handed to you here. You have to come in and earn the respect of everybody. I'm looking forward to doing that."

Wentz deftly answered questions at a news conference and downplayed controversy surrounding Bradford. After the Eagles traded up twice to get in position to select Wentz in last month's NFL draft, Bradford demanded a trade and skipped voluntary workouts. The Eagles ignored his request and Bradford showed up this week.

"Personally, I don't think there will be a lot of tension," Wentz said. "People might make it out to be. But I think the coaches and everyone will be on the same page. And I think it will be a good working relationship."

Wentz, who led North Dakota State to its fifth consecutive Division I-AA title last season, has plenty to learn in coach Doug Pederson's offense.

"I think it's a great quarterback-friendly offense," Wentz said. "I love the intricacies of it. I've just really scratched the surface with it."

Navy clears Keenan Reynolds: Ravens rookie and former Navy star Keenan Reynolds can play in the NFL this season while serving in the Naval Reserve, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told Dan Patrick on his radio show.

All branches of the armed forces require graduates to serve, but they sometimes grant exemptions — often for athletes — if they serve in the Reserves.

Mabus said Patriots second-year long snapper Joe Cardona would also be allowed to keep playing.

Also, the Ravens signed former Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers to a one-year contract. Powers started 13 games last season for Arizona, finishing with 52 tackles, an interception and a sack.

Browns: The team signed receiver Corey Coleman, a first-round draft pick expected to start immediately. Coleman was selected with the No. 15 overall pick in last month's draft.

Patriots: The team signed former Bucs running back Joey Iosefa.

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