Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman vehemently denied a report from the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane stating Carson Wentz developed elbow soreness as a rookie. Roseman refuted the report during a Thursday morning radio appearance on SportsRadio 94WIP.
“Not true,” said Roseman to Angelo Cataldi. “Not true. Not true. Two words: Not true. There was no issue at all. Listen, it’s the NFL. Are there players on our team who are sore, and, you know, you throw a ball a lot, maybe it’s sore at some point in time? Nothing that came to any of our attention.”
Cataldi followed up by asking Roseman if the reason why Doug Pederson told Wentz to take a break from throwing after the season ended was related to soreness. Roseman also denied this.
“No,” answered Roseman. “What Doug, coach, said, and he says it to all our players, is ‘Get away from football. Relax. It’s a long season.’ And when you think about Carson, and his whole process that started here [at the NFL Combine], really, it started at the  Senior Bowl. He’s at the Senior Bowl, he’s throwing that whole week. He’s at the Combine, he’s doing all his pro days, he’s going through all the offseason. So [Pederson] was like ‘Stop throwing. Get away from throwing.’”
“But I can tell you when I read that [Inquirer] story — and it was forwarded to me because I try not to read anything — we had a conversation with our doctors, our trainers, our head coach. Not true.”
So, that’s a pretty strong denial from Roseman. As opposed to a dodgy non-denial.
But despite denying the report, Roseman did give credence to the idea that Wentz’s arm needed a break. As I pointed out last night, Wentz attempted nearly as many passes in his 2016 rookie season alone as he did over four years of college combined.
We don’t know for sure if Wentz truly had soreness or not, but it might not really matter. What does matter moving forward is that the Eagles work on him with his mechanics. Having Wentz throw the ball less would also be ideal, which highlights then need for an improved running game.
In any event, Wentz’s arm should be well-rested by now. He took some time off after the season and now he’s back to work.