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Carson Wentz takes big hit before tossing TD

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) gestures after scrambling for yardage against the Washington Redskins during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has found his rhythm on Monday night against a weakened Washington secondary, hanging in the pocket long enough to complete this touchdown pass to running back Corey Clement during the third quarter.

Wentz is looking to keep his team in the top spot in the NFC, once again delivering an effort that not only puts him on the fringes of the MVP race, but makes him one of the top candidates to claim the award should he continue at this level.

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Players send out well wishes for Jason Peters following injury

Philadelphia Eagles players gather on the field as teammate Jason Peters is put on a cart and taken off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is a 14-year NFL veteran and it appears that his current season could be in jeopardy after being carted off the field during Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins with a lower leg injury.

The remainder of the league sat at home watching, and many took to Twitter to send out support and well wishes for the injured O-lineman:

Eagles fans even chanted for Peters as he was being carted back to the locker room, having been surrounded by his teammates on the field before heading to the back.

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Eagles LT Jason Peters carted off field

Fans cheer as Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters, second from bottom right, is carted off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

One of the most enduring offensive linemen of this generation, Jason Peters could see his 14th season in danger of ending early.

The Philadelphia Eagles‘ stalwart left tackle was carted off the field during the third quarter of Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins. The 35-year-old blocker’s right leg was outfitted with an air cast, and numerous teammates came over in support of the ninth-year Eagle as the cart prepared to transport him to the locker room at Lincoln Financial Field.

He’s out for at least the remainder of the game, and given the nature of this sequence, probably longer than that.

Peters has been one of the best offensive linemen in Eagles history, making two All-Pro first teams and seven Pro Bowls while employed by the eastern Pennsylvania franchise. A former Buffalo Bills undrafted free agent-turned-standout, Peters came to Philadelphia via trade in 2009 and has built a case for the Hall of Fame.

The Eagles and Peters agreed to a one-year extension this summer as sort of a compromise since the left tackle was understandably unwilling to accept a pay cut, which the franchise reportedly approached him about doing earlier this year. Peters is under contract through the 2019 season, attached to base salaries of $7.75 million in each of the next two seasons.

Already at an age where there are few peers, Peters and the Eagles could be forced into discussions about his future in Philly. But for now, the team is weakened at left tackle.

The Eagles drafted All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson to eventually play left tackle, but they inserted swing backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai into Peters’ spot on the line.

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Crabbs | Carson Wentz 2016 NFL Draft retrospect

As the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2017 campaign for an NFC East division championship continues, a rising star in the making leads the way.

That would be none other than second year Quarterback Carson Wentz, whom the Eagles traded the farm for back in 2016 to make the North Dakota State product the second overall selection in the draft.

Wentz’s rookie season was rocky, to say the least. As a rookie, Wentz struggled greatly to throw the ball down the field and was prone to a lot of high risk decisions. But with a greater infrastructure around him this year and more continuity, Wentz has looked like a much more polished and controlled passer. The jump from the FCS level to playing as a rookie starter in the NFL was never going to be easy, but Wentz showed the traits needed to be successful in college.

Kyle Crabbs’ 2016 NFL Draft report on QB Carson Wentz

Wentz has surprised me with his ability to push the ball down the field and his arm is better than I’d given him credit for in terms of his ability to generate power on the throw. It wasn’t an area in which he had consistent success in college, but Wentz has done well to add more consistency this season throwing to Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz down the field.

A piece of the puzzle that should not be overlooked for Wentz’s development? Coach Doug Pederson is a member of the Andy Reid coaching tree, his style of offense and play-calling mesh very, very well with what I perceived to be Wentz’s strengths were as a Draft prospect.

“Strong placement of throws in short/intermediate areas with consistency.”

“Rarely makes poor decisions with the football…has developed stronger sense of timing as a passer during senior season.”

Of course, I also didn’t anticipate Wentz being quite this good, this quickly.

“Wentz would be best served in a West Coast offense on a team granting multiple seasons to develop but there is starter potential present.”

As it turns out, Wentz’s NFL transition required a learning year on the job. But the lack of high end personnel in Wentz’s rookie season actually forced him to master the timing and progression portions of his game; something he’s made strides with in his second year as a college passer.

Be excited, Eagles fans. Your team is competitive, playing well and has a bright future ahead of them. And although I rated my expectations for Wentz as a “Very Good Starter” and scored him as my 14th overall player on my 2016, I can’t honestly say I expected this to come to fruition quite as quickly as it has.

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Photo Of The Day By NewmanImages

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Eclipse Over Wizard Island” by NewmanImages. Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.
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Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Eclipse Over Wizard Island” by NewmanImages. Location: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

“The partial eclipse from Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.”—Sue Newman

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Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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No More Excuses

No More Excuses

As the years go on, I’ve experienced and witnessed something very disturbing. While not always true, I’ve seen the work ethic that was so strong when I was young diminish. I’ve discussed what has been labeled the “Entitlement Generation” with many people of all ages, and there’s an overwhelming agreement it exists—even with those who are part of the Entitlement Generation! If you’re part of it, if you succumb to it, and you’re a photographer, I implore to make No More Excuses and encourage you to become part of the Just Do It generation. Photographers who make excuses don’t often come back with winning photos. My prescription: rest up, read what’s below three times a day, drink plenty of it, and call me in the morning.

Excuse #1: The Light Is Soooooo Flat I Can’t Get Any Good Pictures. The alarm wakes you at 5:15 AM because you read that sunrise light is dramatic. You wake up with just a bit of reluctance. This is a step in the right direction from you feeling entitled to sleep till noon. You actually get excited because you know you need to be on location for early light. Upon arrival, clouds dominate the eastern horizon and the light is flat. Those from the Entitlement Generation may gripe and moan, but you’ve graduated from those ranks and cheer the flat light! “Why the cheers?” you ask? Because there’s a world of photos that await you. No more excuses that you can’t get a great image on an overcast day. Think small and think macro. View your surroundings with telephoto eyes and look down at the ground for potential subjects. A plethora of pictures await the photographer who’s not looking for excuses. Your goal of capturing the grand landscape needs to shift to subjects that are more intimate. The territory to explore may be no more than a few square feet of real estate but net an amazing end result. The point is that if you begin your session with Plan A, be prepared for Plan B or maybe C. The challenge is to walk away with good images no matter the conditions. It’s not the number of pictures you make during a session that dictates its success. It’s the number of keepers you bring back. Thomas Edison once said, “Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.” Break a sweat and make No More Excuses.

No More Excuses

Excuse #2: No Photos Today—It’s Toooooo Cold. (Now say it with a whine…sounds nasty doesn’t it?) Snow is an ingredient that has numerous advantages. It covers the land in a blanket of white, which hides distractions, rubble, dirt and other undesirable elements. When sunrise or sunset reflects off its surface, images come alive. But associated with snow is cold weather. For all you Entitled Generationers, that’s why they make cold weather gear, boots, chemical warmers and fleece. If you choose to remain a fair weather photographer, other than the fact you miss out on snow scenes, you also deprive yourself of longer shooting sessions. During the winter, the sun stays low on the horizon for longer periods of time. Lower sun angles mean better light for longer periods. So strap on your gaiters, break out the pocket warmers, grab your fleece and head out in winter to make some great shots.

No More Excuses

Excuse #3: But It’s Soooooo Heavy! (How many of you said it with a whine?) What else could I be referring to other than a tripod? A tripod should be every photographer’s best friend for many reasons—more than the fact it helps make a sharp photo. Your tripod should be beefy enough to provide sharp images with your longest lens. A flimsy one isn’t worth its weight in dirt. A substantial tripod may be heavy and somewhat of a chore to carry, but if you return from an outing and every photo isn’t sharp, it was a waste of time to carry it anyhow. Accept the fact that it’s SOOOOOOOO heavy and deal with it. Another benefit of a tripod is it allows you to study the composition with more comfort. Since it supports the weight of the camera, it frees your mind to think more deeply about where to point the camera to create the best composition. It also forces you to slow down since you can study the viewfinder with greater scrutiny. An additional benefit is it allows you to get in the photo if you use the self-timer. Finally, it allows you to more easily shade your lens against flare. You can move to the front of the camera and block the light that causes it. So with all these positive factors, learn to love your tripod even though it’s SOOOOOOO heavy!

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PSA: Bigger smartphone apertures don’t count if the sensors get smaller


In the past few years, smartphone manufacturers have started paying more attention to the optics they use on their smartphone, using wider apertures for better low light performance. That’s awesome, but as a photographer, I have an ongoing gripe about the marketing buzz around apertures: An aperture tells you little about performance if you don’t know the camera’s sensor size. As a refresher, all else being equal, wider apertures (a lower number) mean better low light performance and shallower depth of field (more background blur or ‘bokeh’). The problem with smartphone photography is that rarely is everything else equal, sensor…

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Na Zdorovie: Doing business with Russians explained


Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once famously said: “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Even though Russia has undergone extraordinary political and cultural transformations and successfully embraced Western-style capitalism after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many people in the West still regard Russian business culture as very mysterious, incredibly intricate and difficult to understand.  I am originally from Russia and currently live in Moscow, although previously, I studied, worked and lived in France and the UK. I now work for a Russian tech company and mostly deal with foreign colleagues from…

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Get the most out of your Windows 10 taskbar with these customization tips


The Windows 10 experience is anchored by the taskbar. It provides an information-packed reference point for your workflow, but not every desktop serves the same purpose. Here are a few customization tips that’ll show you how to move, resize, and customize the taksbar to suit your needs. With the myriad of different display configurations supported by Windows 10 it’s possible you’re going to end up wishing the taskbar was somewhere else. The taskbar can be oriented top, bottom, right, or left simply by left-clicking and dragging it. I’ve heard complaints that some users find themselves unable to drag the taskbar…

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