How did Eagles QB Carson Wentz perform in first joint practice with Ravens?

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Carson Wentz
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Carson Wentz /

How did Carson Wentz do against non-Eagles competition during Tuesday’s joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens?

The Philadelphia Eagles are officially halfway through the 2019 NFL Preseason. This week, they will take on the Baltimore Ravens at home, but by the time Thursday rolls around, they will be quite familiar with their opponent. On Monday, the Ravens arrived in Philadelphia early.

As we know, the Eagles and the Ravens agreed to hold a joint practice at the Nova Care Complex this week. The Eagles refused to engage in any open practices last year for undisclosed reasons, but this year, Doug Pederson wasn’t opposed to the idea.

Perhaps the joint practices led Doug Pederson to believe most of his starters do not need preseason action this year. During the first two weeks, most of the Eagles starting core on both sides of the ball sat out. It’s unclear if that will be the case once again this week, but if it is, at least Carson Wentz and the rest of the ones will get some reps in against non-Eagles competition.

Most of the Eagles veterans who have sat out thus far are proven players — so nobody is really panicked. However, considering that Wentz hasn’t played a game of football since last December, the city of Philadelphia is getting antsy. They want to see the franchise QB back out on the field.

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There’s a possibility Wentz debuts this Thursday — but at this point, it feels like Wentz and the Eagles might hold off until week one of the regular season. Some believe that’s the smart thing to do, considering the injuries to other quarterbacks as of late.

Others, well they believe that Wentz truly does need these preseason reps to get back into the swing of things. Both sides have arguments in this case. If Wentz really doesn’t play in the preseason though, at the very least, he did get reps against another team.

How did Wentz do during day one versus Baltimore?

With the Baltimore Ravens coming to town, Wentz and the Eagles offense were really up for a challenge. Last year, the Ravens proved that their defense was a stellar bunch — especially in the secondary. And over the offseason, they added a prominent name in safety, Earl Thomas.

So how did Carson Wentz do against the Baltimore defense on Monday? Well, he had his ups, and he had his downs. This summer, Wentz has seen good days and bad days, but his performance on Monday was good, not great. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94WIP, Wentz threw for a total of 30 attempts and completed 15 passes with a touchdown strike to Mack Hollins.

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Considering how good the Ravens’ secondary is, Wentz’s numbers aren’t so bad. He took care of the ball and managed to make it out of practice without a turnover. While he spread the ball around to his targets, his favorite wideout to throw to was Alshon Jeffery on the day. Day one is in the books. Now hopefully, Wentz can build on that progress during the second and final joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens.