Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz hasn’t and won’t play any preseason snaps, as the team is cautiously working him back from a back injury. But, despite the lack of playing time in 2019, he’s ready to go, in large part due to his preparation.
Considering the Eagles have lost two quarterbacks in the preseason (Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler), head coach Doug Pederson isn’t going to play with fire; as he rested Wentz on Thursday. But, Wentz is healthy, and he’s ready to rock and roll.
He’s really done an outstanding job,” Pederson said, per Zach Berman of The Athletic.com. “And even physically from his rehab back in the spring all the way through training camp, he’s clicking on all cylinders. His mind is good; his body feels fresh; and all the things that we’ve seen through camp, for me, that was the deciding factor.”
Wentz has a bit of an odd history with preseason football; he’s only played in one game. As a rookie in 2016, he hurt himself in his first exhibition game, then missed the entirety of the summer before starting Week 1. Then, in 2018 — after tearing his ACL the year before — the Eagles sat the former North Dakota State Bison for the preseason. Of course, in 2019, they are doing the same; as Pederson would much rather see his MVP-caliber quarterback in the regular-season ball.
Wentz has had trouble with injuries in his career, but he’s a game-changer when on the field. Therefore, the Eagles locked the 26-year-old up to a four-year, $128 million contract extension in early June.