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Eagles rate Wentz 'ahead of curve'

The second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft might not be No. 3 very long in Philadelphia. Based on offensive coordinator Frank Reich's initial review of quarterback Carson Wentz, the Eagles have a keeper. "Carson, he's very smart, he picks ever...

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) runs with the ball during OTAs at the NovaCare Complex. (Photo by Bill Streicher / USA TODAY Sports)

The second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft might not be No. 3 very long in Philadelphia.

Based on offensive coordinator Frank Reich's initial review of quarterback Carson Wentz, the Eagles have a keeper.

"Carson, he's very smart, he picks everything up very fast," Reich said of Wentz's work in team practice sessions. "And physically he's a dominant athlete for the position."

Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, a Pro Bowl selection mired in a contract standoff with the Eagles, reported to mandatory workouts Tuesday.

"I'm happy to be back in Philadelphia to get back to work with my teammates and coaches. I'm excited for this upcoming season and I can't wait to get on the field for mini-camp this week, learn our new defense, and do whatever I can to help our team win," Cox said in a statement. "Any discussion about my absence from the offseason program or my contract will be handled privately between me, my agent and the Eagles organization."

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That's the most pressing contract matter for the Eagles, but finances are part of the quarterback equation, too.

Sam Bradford re-signed with the Eagles in March, a two-year, $35 million deal that seemingly solidified his standing as the No. 1 quarterback. Philadelphia also signed backup Chase Daniel to a three-year, $21 million deal because of his aptitude in new head coach Doug Pederson's offense.

Wentz played at FCS powerhouse North Dakota State and some projected him as a starter only if he fell into a situation -- like the one projected in Philadelphia -- where he had at least one year to get up to speed against NFL talent.

But Reich believes Wentz is well ahead of the curve.

"Absolutely. That's one of the reasons why we picked this guy. His aptitude is off the charts. I'm not sure I've been around a guy who's has this high of an aptitude as him at this age," Reich said. "It's really, really good and then he has the work ethic to go along with it. But he also has a maturity and a class about him to understand his role and understand he's got to earn his stripes and he's doing that. And he's got a great attitude about it."

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