Shortly after the Eagles’ 2018 season ended, Carson Wentz was believed to be on track to be ready for the start of the team’s 2019 offseason program. That prospective return date has since been revised.
Wentz is not yet recovered from the back injury that ended his third NFL season. The fourth-year Philadelphia quarterback said (via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, on Twitter) he is progressing in his recovery from the 2018 stress fracture but is not there yet. Wentz’s return goal is now the Eagles’ OTA sessions, which are set for next month.
While Wentz has not returned to full strength, he did say (via NFL.com) he has been running and throwing some this offseason. The Eagles, who began their offseason program on Monday, have their OTAs scheduled to start May 21.
With Nick Foles now a Jaguar, the Eagles obviously need Wentz at full strength now more than they have the past two seasons. Wentz spent the 2018 offseason rehabbing from the torn knee ligaments that ended his 2017 season. A sizable chunk of this offseason will have been spent recovering from the back ailment that brought Foles back into action in December. After starting the first 29 games of his NFL career, the 26-year-old passer has missed eight over the past two seasons.
Nate Sudfeld has taken over for Foles as the Eagles’ backup quarterback. Although the new Philadelphia QB2 has served in this capacity frequently over the past two years, the former Washington sixth-round pick has thrown just 25 NFL passes. The Eagles placed a second-round RFA tender on Sudfeld; he signed the tender Monday.
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