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Wentz's healthy offseason is great news for Eagles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
June 14, 2019 - 9:26 am

For the first time in what felt like a long time, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson didn’t have to answer question-after-question about the health of quarterback Carson Wentz. 

Instead, he was talking about Wentz simply playing football and the benefits of having a full offseason to prepare, and when doing so, he couldn’t help but think of what happened the last time Wentz was fully healthy. 

“Well, just go back to two years ago when he came off his rookie season. He was healthy, he was ready to go. We started out and started well,” Pederson said. “Having your quarterback healthy is definitely a positive for us, and all the work that he's gotten with our guys this spring is just going to pay dividends down the road.”

Pederson isn’t lying — the work Wentz is getting this offseason is huge. You can nitpick his play, and there are certainly some throws he’d like back, but overall the amount of reps Wentz is getting is a major change from where he was this time last offseason. 

Last year, Wentz was a limited participant in the mandatory minicamp, taking mostly 7-on-7 reps and working with the second-team offense for the most part. 

This year, Wentz took every single rep with the first-team offense, leading the unit in every drill — 7-on-7, 11-on-11, red zone, two-minute offense, etc. The result was Wentz getting extremely valuable reps and practice with the players he should be lining up with in Week 1. 

Take a look at the difference in what Wentz did last year during the mandatory minicamp compared to this year:

2018: 12/20, 3 TD, 1 INT

2019: 34/48, 7 TD, 2 INT

Over twice as many throws and over twice as many touchdowns. The 57 reps Wentz took over the mandatory minicamp this year was also twice as many as he took last year.

That alone is a victory for Wentz and the Eagles, and almost makes how he actually played this spring semi-irrelevant. 

The good news for the Eagles is that Wentz had a lot more good days than bad during the OTAs and minicamp. Wentz looked amazing in a few practices, picking apart the defense and moving the offense with ease. He is already starting to show great chemistry with receiver DeSean Jackson, and even connected with his new weapon on a 50-plus yard touchdown earlier this week. 

Wentz hasn’t been perfect, however. He has been considerably better in 7-on-7’s where there is no pass rush. Of his seven touchdowns he threw during mandatory minicamp, six game without a pass rush. He had just one touchdown (and two interceptions) in full-team drills. 

Unlike last year, Wentz will have time to workout some of the issues with the offense. His reps won’t be limited. In 2017, the offseason Pederson referenced, Wentz threw the ball 330 times. He should get close to that number again when camp opens in 2019. 

If Wentz does, and if he can stay healthy, there is no reason to think he won’t do exactly what he did last time he got a full offseason. 

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