Eagles' Wolff looks to pick off pal Glennon

October, 9, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles rookie safety Earl Wolff made his first two NFL starts against a couple of quarterbacks he grew up watching on TV -- brothers Peyton and Eli Manning.

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On Sunday, Wolff will experience the other extreme. He's known Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon since their senior year of high school.

"I met him during a camp at N.C. State," Wolff said. "So I've known him for a little while now. When he got the starting quarterback job in Tampa Bay, I called him to congratulate him."

The two were teammates at North Carolina State for four years. Wolff practiced against Glennon all week and watched him play on Saturdays. Glennon was drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft. Wolff was picked in the fifth round.

Now they'll get to line up across from each other.

"I think it's an advantage for me," Wolff said. "I know what kind of quarterback he is. He's tall. Strong arm. He's not very mobile. He's not too athletic, but he has good footwork in the pocket.

"He doesn't like to make mistakes. He throws a lot of slants, a lot of out routes. He'll throw deep when he has the chance to, but he has to see something. Eli took 11 [deep] shots on us. He's not going to take 11 shots."

After going against some of the most experienced quarterbacks in the league -- San Diego's Philip Rivers and Kansas City's Alex Smith, as well as the Mannings -- Wolff and the Eagles defense are due for a little bit of a break. Young quarterbacks make mistakes, and the Eagles will be looking to force Glennon into a few.

"I hope I catch a pick on him," Wolff said, laughing. "David Amerson, [another N.C. State product] who plays cornerback for the Redskins, got an interception off him in the preseason. He told me, 'I went up to Mike, man, he was so mad at me.' ... I think it's real difficult to be a rookie quarterback. I think it's probably the hardest rookie position to play."

Wolff started the last two games in place of the injured Patrick Chung. Chung practiced Wednesday and could be ready to return Sunday. It isn't clear whether Chung would return to the starting lineup immediately. Either way, Wolff will continue to see playing time.

"I don't know what the plan will be," Wolff said. "I can't control that. All I can do is keep working hard and getting better."

Phil Sheridan

ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter

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