Brandon Graham: Eagles were prepared for Carson Wentz to hold onto the ball too long

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The Philadelphia Eagles are not oblivious to one of the biggest flaws in Carson Wentz’ game that has followed him throughout his career.

So, they made sure to capitalize on it Sunday – just as the game plan instructed they do.

One of the knocks on Wentz’ game is how long he holds the ball. The now-Commanders quarterback has walked himself into sack situations instead of just getting rid of the ball plenty in his career, and that remained the case Sunday. The Eagles sacked Wentz nine times in their 24-8 win over Washington.

It’s something we’ve seen plenty before, and Brandon Graham told “Angelo Cataldi and the Morning Crew” during his weekly appearance that they were waiting for Wentz to make those same mistakes.

“It was both ways, because he knew us just as much as we knew him,” Graham said when asked if the Eagles’ experience practicing against Wentz helped them prepare. “We just wanted to see if some of the issues were fixed, because we knew some things when he played for us.

“We knew that he held the ball a little bit, and stuff like that, but we know that he’s working on a new team and maybe they told him his issues too and they wanted to help him out. But I felt like we went into that game knowing if he held that ball we were going to be able to get hits. I feel like our corners did a great job of taking away the first read, linebackers, everybody sticking on their man and giving us time to get there.”

Wentz has a little time to work on getting rid of the ball faster before facing his former team again, with the Eagles and Commanders set to meet next in Philly for Week 10 Monday Night Football.

That he hasn’t corrected the issue already in his career doesn’t inspire much optimism that it’ll be fixed by Nov. 14.

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