Today is a good day. Do you know why that’s the case? (Of course you do, the headline already gave it away.)
Today is a good day because we have two positive updates on the recovery status of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
First, Wentz went on Good Morning Football and said that he’s “very confident” he’s going to be ready to start in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season.
I’m very confident. It’s a fluid process, so you never know how it’s going to go, but where we’re at, just trying to do what the doctors say, and kind of just take it step by step ... there’s the times where you feel great and want to push it more, but you gotta just stay the course with what the doctors are saying. I feel really good and really confident for Week 1.
This isn’t anything Wentz hasn’t already said multiple times this offseason. Still, it’s nice to see there have been no setbacks and everything is progressing nicely.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport offered some more context regarding Wentz’s positive progress.
#Eagles QB Carson Wentz has been running, which is a good sign for how his rehab is going. More confidence this morning on being ready for 2018. https://t.co/hYaFguxj5o— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2018
RapSheet also notes that Wentz’s throwing mechanics appear to be unaffected by the injury, which is another great sign.
Positive note for #Eagles QB Carson Wentz: He recently sent film to gurus Tom House & Adam Dedeaux at 3DQB, and his mechanics are sound, I’m told. He’s throwing the same or better than before, technically. Injuries can cause players to alter how they throw. That hasn’t happened.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 7, 2018
Much was made of Wentz’s mechanics after his rookie season and going into Year 2. They improved to the point where he easily could’ve been last year’s NFL MVP if he didn’t suffer a season ending injury in Week 14.
With that said, there were still occasional moments where Wentz would struggle with his accuracy by overthrowing an open receiver. The good news is we know Wentz will work hard as hell to fix those mistakes. It’s a shame he won’t have a full offseason of regular practice to work on his game but it might not really matter because he’ll still be gearing up to be his best self for Week 1.
The idea of a super motivated Wentz is a scary thought ... for other teams. Carson’s not feeling the effects of a Super Bowl hangover after not being able to play in the game last year.
The rest of the NFL better watch out.
BONUS UPDATE: The Eagles posted a video with some highlights from their offseason workout program so far. There’s a brief clip of Wentz throwing included in the video. He’s obviously not in full uniform like the other quarterbacks.
The @Eagles showed a brief glimpse of Carson Wentz throwing in their most recent OTA highlights video. (Wentz obviously not fully practicing like the other QBs are right now.) https://t.co/Unl1XcsExt pic.twitter.com/YmdCNN5dBZ— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) May 7, 2018