The Philadelphia Eagles have begun their title defense as voluntary OTAs have arrived and there is good news for the Eagles receiving corps. Carson Wentz’s recovery looks to be on – maybe even ahead – of schedule.
The Eagles’ signal caller was sidelined for the team’s Super Bowl run after suffering a torn ACL in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams. His MVP campaign was interrupted last season, but Wentz has made considerable progress in his recovery and has looked healthy in limited OTA work.
Of all the Eagles pass catchers, Zach Ertz may be the happiest to see Wentz back in action. The two have developed good chemistry over the last two seasons and Ertz caught seven of his eight touchdowns last season from the arm of Wentz on his way to his first Pro Bowl nomination.
As far as Wentz’s speedy recovery goes, Ertz isn’t surprised in the least by the progress that has been made already.
“His work ethic is second to none,” Ertz 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.”
Wentz still isn’t fully cleared, 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.”
Whether Wentz plays in Week 1 this season is yet to be determined, but the Eagles are fortunate to have Nick Foles on deck should they need their Super Bowl MVP again. And they have a cache of weapons, including Ertz, Mike Wallace, Nelson Agholor, Jay Ajayi, and Alshon Jeffery to keep the offense afloat while Wentz recovers fully.