Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles have already begun preparing for their title defense this fall.
Over the past several weeks, the Eagles have been hitting the field for organized team activities (OTAs) and with the Birds gathering once more, attention has turned back toward Philadelphia’s prodigious signal-caller Carson Wentz and his recovery from a torn ACL.
The good news for the Eagles is that Wentz’s progress looks to be right on time – maybe even ahead of schedule. Philly’s star signal-caller was sidelined for the team’s Super Bowl run after suffering the knee injury in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams, halting an MVP campaign for the second-year QB. But Wentz has made considerable progress in his recovery and has looked healthy in limited OTA work.
Wentz’s status for the start of the 2018 season is yet to be determined, but he is further along in his recovery than most expected after his late-season injury and that bodes well for an Eagles team hungry to repeat.
“I’m not entirely cleared to do everything yet, but I will do what I can,” Wentz said. “You just kind of do a little bit more each day. It’s not always like this. There are days you are sore and tired, it’s all part of it.”
As Wentz continues to progress, the Eagles are fortunate to have Nick Foles on deck, should they need their Super Bowl MVP to step up again. And they have a cache of weapons, including Zach, Nelson Agholor, Alshon Jeffery, and newcomers Mike Wallace and Dallas Goedert, to keep the offense afloat while Wentz recovers fully.
But of all the Eagles pass catchers, Zach may be the happiest to see Wentz back in action. The two have developed great chemistry over the last two seasons and seven of No. 86’s eight touchdowns last season were thrown by Wentz, on his way to his first Pro Bowl nomination.
The two have also formed a close bond as not only teammates but friends and brothers off the field. The two could be seen this offseason attending sporting events together as well as doing mission work to help the great causes they each support. So it comes as little surprise to Zach, one of Wentz’s favorite targets and closest friends on the team, that Carson is working hard to get back as soon as possible.
“His work ethic is second to none,” No. 86 said. “He’s been grinding since he had surgery, he’s going to attack it like he does anything else. It is great to see him out there…leading the team.”