Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz met with the media on Monday to field a few questions heading into the new year.
A majority of the Philadelphia Eagles’ veterans walked into the doors of the Nova Care Complex on Monday to get back to work. Finally, the offseason activities are beginning to kick off. With the first few waves of Free Agency through, the next step of the offseason process is to draft new rookies and get everybody back to work. And for the first time since their playoff loss back in January, the Eagles are getting back into the swing of things.
To welcome back the process of the offseason, the Eagles made three of their key players available to the media, which included Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, and Jason Kelce. Naturally, they allowed the franchise quarterback to go first since he was likely to get a ton of questions thrown at him, and to no surprise, Wentz had to offer up a ton of updates on Monday afternoon.
As he sat at a podium at the Nova Care Complex rocking a Philadelphia 76ers playoff-themed T-Shirt, Wentz was ready to discuss the upcoming season. But first, he had to deal with some questions regarding last year. As we all know, Wentz might’ve returned from his torn ACL injury a bit early. And the lack of a real offseason caused Wentz to be a bit rusty. Was he terrible? Not exactly. But after seeing his MVP effort in 2017, Wentz had high expectations that he struggled to live up to, and even he acknowledges that.
Wentz wants to get back on track
“I played not well enough,” Wentz said when discussing last year. During his eleven-game stretch, Wentz threw for 21 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. While on paper, his stats don’t look too bad, situationally Wentz struggled in areas where he thrived in the previous year. Now, Wentz wants to put that behind him as he hopes to get a full offseason in without dealing with mostly rehabilitation on his lower body.
Speaking of injuries though, Wentz is still dealing with his back fracture. Last year, the Eagles shut Wentz down with three games left on the schedule due to a stress fracture. As of right now, he’s confirmed that the injury is not fully healed. He’s taking it easy this time around as he doesn’t want to rush back, but he does expect to be ready for OTAs when that rolls around.
Last but not least, Wentz also touched on the idea of getting extended by the Eagles this offseason. As Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, and even Jeffery Lurie confirmed that Wentz would get a new deal at some point, the quarterback is well-aware of the situation and is excited. While he knows the Eagles want to lock him in long-term, he’s not really sure of the details. As he was asked about it on Monday, Wentz made it clear that he will leave those talks up to his agent.