Wentz: We are 'very talented' but it takes more to win

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Andrew Porter
May 22, 2019 - 8:18 am

The 2019 Eagles, some would say, are even more talented on paper than the 2017 Super Bowl championship team.

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Angelo Cataldi asked Carson Wentz about the comparison. 

"I never want to get caught up in saying anything like that," Wentz wisely said on Wednesday's 94WIP Morning Show. 

Despite losing guys like LB Jordan Hicks, DE Michael Bennett, DE Chris Long and, most likely, current free-agent running backs Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi, the Eagles have added integral high level players like RB Jordan Howard, WR DeSean Jackson, LB Zach Brown, and DT Malik Jackson to their roster this offseason. They're also expecting significant first-year contributions from rookies OT Andre Dillard, RB Miles Sanders, and DE Shareef Miller.

But how many times have we heard about a talented NFL roster in May? A zillion. And like Wentz says, while talent is important, it takes much more than talent to win championships in team sports. 

"I will say, it's a very talented roster," Wentz admitted. "If you just look at the individuals, we have a lot of talent on this roster and we know that, but we also know it's much more than talent that wins championships. So we've got a lot of work to do, a lot of bonding and chemistry to build. We're excited about doing that and I think we have the culture to do that."

The biggest addition to the roster, naturally, is getting Wentz back healthy. Wentz has missed each of the Eagles' last two postseason with a tore ACL and a back injury, but is back fully healthy participating in OTAs, which began on Tuesday. Wentz says he has amped up some of his nutritional habits this offseason. 

"I've always thought I was a pretty healthy individual, but being hurt the last two years and just finally being established here in the league for a little bit, I want to find an edge," Wentz said. "Whatever that edge looks like from training, to sleep, to nutrition. You hear a lot of times that other guys, older guys—specifically at the quarterback position do that throughout the years. So for me, that was this offseason, just kind of diving into that. I'm not going to get into the specifics of everything I do, but really trying to look intently at anything I can do to get healthy and then stay healthy for a long time."

Cataldi asked Wentz a true or false question: Is luck the biggest reason for your injuries over the last couple of seasons? 

The 26-year-old quarterback replied, "I would say true, it's just part of the game."

Carson Wentz's annual AO1 charity softball game is coming up on Friday, May 31st. Details on how to get tickets at 94WIP.com/CarsonWentz

Listen to the full interview below.