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Report: Wentz will be healthy for OTAs

Eliot Shorr-Parks
January 21, 2019 - 8:23 am

The Eagles do not want to be sitting at home next year as two other teams prepare for the Super Bowl. 

One thing that has to happen for the Eagles to achieve that goal? Get a healthy (and improved) season from quarterback Carson Wentz. 

The good news for the team is that early indications are that Wentz will be ready to go when OTAs begin in April, according to a report from ESPN. Wentz ended the season on the bench due to a fracture in his back, but said earlier this month that he did indeed hope to be ready for OTAs. 

The value in Wentz being able to potentially take part in OTAs shouldn't be overlooked. Last season, as Wentz was recovering from a torn ACL, he essentially missed the entire offseason -- including training camp -- before starting in Week 3. The result, combined with a back injury he played with for weeks, was a less-than-stellar 2018 season from the team's franchise quarterback. 

Wentz being able to take part in the entire offseason program, however, is a sign that things could turn around in 2019. Wentz last had a full offseason of work after his rookie season, and the improvements from his rookie year to his second year were clear. Wentz was an MVP candidate in 2017 prior to going down with a torn ACL. 

The Eagles' hope is that with what appears to be an entire offseason ahead of him to work, Wentz will once again take a leap in 2019 -- and the team will follow him right back into being legitimate Super Bowl contenders. 

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