We’ve got some good news for you, Philadelphia Eagles fans. Carson Wentz is this much closer to being able to return. But don’t take our word for it. After all, this is what we have ESPN’s Adam Schefter for.
“Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz will resume 11-on-11 team work at practice Sunday…”
There is a catch, however. And it’s that there’s no plan beyond that just yet.
“…but there is no plan for him to play in preseason games, per
@mortreport. Not playing in the preseason would not preclude him from opening the season as the starter. But Wentz’s return continues Sunday,” Schefter continues.
Regardless of whether or not he plays in their next preseason game, Wentz getting closer is huge news. Nick Foles is dependable; keeping him all season would be extremely smart of Philadelphia. But now he’s got a shoulder strain. In other words, the Eagles are running out of healthy quarterbacks. And something tells us they’d like to start their Super Bowl defense off on the right foot. Week 1 sees them take on the Atlanta Falcons at home, the team that Foles and company beat 15-10 in the division round this past postseason.
Meanwhile, Wentz is several months removed from seeing his season end due to a torn ACL. Last year, he took a giant step forward. While his completion rate fell from 62.4% in 2016 to 60.2% last season, Wentz tossed 33 touchdowns to just 16 the year prior… in three fewer games. After throwing 14 interceptions in his rookie season, he threw just seven last campaign. Wentz led the league in touchdown rate (7.5%) and QBR (74.4).
Needless to say, the Eagles cannot wait to have Wentz back under center. Expecting any team to repeat as champions is a dangerous game, especially when the rest of the NFC is already stacked. But Wentz has the ability to get the Eagles right back there. Especially if he picks up from where he left off last season.
He just needs to stay healthy.