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Mark Herzlich Rookie Journal


*Flying home after a loss is never very fun, especially all the way from San Francisco. But at the same time, we all knew we played pretty well. We need to play better, obviously, but then once you get through the first hour of the flight, everyone is basically sleeping. That's what I did. I just slept on the way home. We landed back here In New Jersey, got home real late, and then I was up the next morning and at the facility around 11 a.m. We went through the film, made the corrections, saw what we need to do better on, and saw what we do well. That basically is when that game is in the past for us.

**We had the day off on Tuesday, and I came in and watched a little film. At night, I was honored at a cancer benefit in the city. It was the Hall of Fame Dinner for the Cancer Research and Treatment Foundation. Then it was back to practice on Wednesday.

**Despite the injury to Michael Boley, my week still hasn't really changed much. It's been basically the same because even when Boley is practicing, we're all learning different positions and learning everything. So we've just got to do the same thing this week.

**But it is Philly week, and we have to make sure we take care of the Eagles at home. I'll have a lot of family coming to this one – my mom, dad, brother, his girlfriend, my cousin. A lot of people are coming. I wasn't watching the game live last year. To be honest, I never really watch games. I play so much football that I don't really watch sports ever. But I do remember seeing the replay and remember seeing it all over the place. At the ESPYs I attended, they honored the Eagles for that play and that game.

**As rookies, we know more will be expected of us down the stretch, and we're all going through it together. We have clicked right away. That's what you've got to do. You make friends on the team, and it's kind of like your freshman year of college. You have your little group of freshman guys. You hang out with the older guys sometimes, but we've all gotten along really well. There's not one bad guy in the group. We're always around each other. We're always hanging out together. We're always learning from each other.

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