After a rough past year, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is working on re-building chemistry with his wideouts.
Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford didn’t leave a lasting legacy during his time in Philly. However, there is something positive that he left, which we must give him credit for. Back in 2016, Bradford believed he would be the Eagles starting quarterback for the second year in a row. Even after the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz with the second-overall pick, Bradford was still the number one guy on the depth chart.
Therefore, Bradford was taking on a veteran leadership role. During the offseason, Bradford would invite his wideouts on a productive vacation just weeks before training camp kicks off. Why? To simply build chemistry. The players would spend quality time together outside of Philadelphia but would make sure to get a few workouts in as well. In 2016, Wentz was a part of that experience, and he took it all in and learned something valuable from Bradford.
The following year, Bradford was out of the picture, but Wentz wanted to keep up with tradition. So in 2017, Carson Wentz hosted his receivers in his college town of Fargo, North Dakota. The event took place weeks before training camp. Clearly, what the Eagles did worked because Wentz and the wideouts had a successful year together, even though No. 11 went down before playoffs.
Since Wentz tore his ACL, there wouldn’t be a pre-training camp team-building event in 2018. Instead, the franchise quarterback had to spend his days in rehab during the summer. We can’t blame the lack of offseason activities all on Wentz’s 2018 struggles. However, the lack of work together between Wentz and the starters in the offseason surely made a difference.
On to the re-building stage
Last year was a rough season for Wentz. While his statistics in year three didn’t show a struggling quarterback, it was clear something was off. The knee brace was an issue. The lack of reps during the offseason created a negative impact, and most of all, his leadership seemingly took a hit. We all remember the infamous hit-piece put out on Wentz when the season concluded, right?
Well, there was some truth to it. As Wentz himself acknowledged he has some things to work on in terms of being a captain, his locker room rebrand continues as he brings the offseason vacation tradition back. Except for this time, the guys are out in Houston, Texas rather than North Dakota.
So far, only Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins have reportedly joined Wentz in Texas — but we should be expecting more to come very soon. According to Eagles Wire’s Glenn Erby, Alshon Jeffery is apparently in Texas already, just not in Houston yet. We’ll see who else joins Wentz and company out in Houston as the week progresses. Hopefully, we can get plenty of video content from the guys via Instagram!