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Carson Wentz on J-Matt, Foles & returning

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 19, 2018 - 12:25 pm

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz spoke with the media on Wednesday for the first time since being named the starting quarterback for this Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. 

Here are some takeaways from what he had to say:

His first game: Wentz didn’t hide his excitement when asked about the rehab from his torn ACL/LCL being over. He made it clear that the rehab process — which lasted a little under 10 months — was a grueling one. He said it tested him at times. He admitted he was frustrated that he didn’t get to play in the first two games of the season. 

He also, however, said that he knows when the game on Sunday starts it will be time for football and not looking back. Wentz compared it to his first game in college and his first game in the NFL. He knows there will be emotions as he runs out onto the field during introductions, but Wentz was confident he would be able to control those emotions once the game begins. 

Protecting himself: Eagles’ fans are understandably worried about Wentz suffering another injury. That worry has led them to hope he will change his playing style this season to do a better job protecting himself from contact. 

Wentz acknowledged that he is always working to do a better job protecting himself, but he didn’t sound like a player that will be making major changes to his game. Wentz said he is confident he will still be able to extend plays with his legs despite the fact he is coming off of an injury. 

Click here to hear why Wentz is right about not needing to change the way he plays.  

His brace: One result of Wentz suffering a torn ACL/LCL is that he will be wearing a brace on his left leg this Sunday against the Colts. Wentz said he has been wearing the brace at the recommendation of the doctors and will continue to wear it throughout this season. 

Although he said he is comfortable in the brace, Wentz didn’t exactly commit to playing with it on beyond this season.

Jordan Matthews: The news of the day at the NovaCare Complex was the return of receiver Jordan Matthews, who signed with the team Wednesday morning. Wentz and Matthews were very close during Matthews’ first stint with the team and the duo remain close. Wentz did not have any input in the decision to bring Matthews back, but did admit that he was happy to see his friend back on the team. 

As for Matthews’ role in the offense on Sunday, Wentz said he wasn’t sure how much the new receiver would play as the team is still early on in the week in terms of game planning for the Colts. 

Nick Foles: The return of Wentz means that Nick Foles is heading back to the bench. 

Wentz acknowledged that from the outside looking in it is understandable why many would feel there might be tension in that transition. Wentz insisted, however, that because he and Foles are so close that there wasn’t any issue or awkwardness over the last few days when Wentz was named the starter.

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