The Philadelphia Eagles are expecting to get full participation out of Carson Wentz at OTAs this season.
Football is back! Well, not fully back but at least offseason programs are beginning to get going. On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Eagles will return to the Nova Care Complex as they are set to start OTAs this year. Although the team will have somewhat of a different look, the most significant change this season could be the presence of their franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz.
Last season, Wentz wasn’t able to fully participate in any offseason activities including OTAs, training camp, and preseason. Since he was busy rehabbing his torn ACL, Wentz had to play with little-to-no offseason training in 2018. As the Eagles hoped Wentz would fully recover from his ACL tear without any setbacks last year, they ended up dealing with another injury.
As we all know, Wentz missed more time in 2018, due to a stress fracture in his back. He would miss the final three games of the regular season, including playoffs. At first, Wentz was expected to be fully healed by OTAs, but nobody could be sure. And after Doug Pederson declined to speak on Wentz’s progress last week, many automatically assumed Wentz wouldn’t be ready by the start of OTAs, which could be very alarming. Thankfully for Philly though, that’s not the case.
Wentz is ready to go
According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Wentz is expected to take the field on Tuesday and won’t have any limitations. The Eagles made it pretty clear that they expected Wentz to be ready by OTAs, but they didn’t want to press their luck on the situation and leave everybody disappointed if he happened to suffer a setback. So far, that’s not the case though.
This time around, the Eagles are likely to be very careful with Wentz. As there is some speculation that the team rushed Wentz back (not confirmed), they will do all they can to keep the quarterback healthy and ready to go by the start of the 2019 season. Tuesday marks the beginning of a critical season for Wentz and the Eagles.