Carson Wentz has gone through his share of adversity.
After the Eagles selected the quarterback as the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz has yet to play a full year since his rookie season.
But after suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries, coach Doug Pederson thinks Wentz will be a better player because of it after he recently penned a four-year contract extension reportedly worth $128 million.
“We’re all excited he got the contract. Now it’s behind him, behind us and we can move forward,” Pederson said on SiriusXM. “His adversity and his setbacks the last two seasons were eye openers for him and he’s gonna be better for it. He’s gonna mature from that and that’s the thing I’m most excited [about] when he comes back into training camp and just seeing how his progression has been.”
. @Eagles HC Doug Pederson talks about the new contract extension for QB Carson Wentz, and how Wentz is the “face of the franchise”.
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) July 11, 2019
The injuries started when Wentz tore his ACL in December 2017 and he missed the rest of the season as his backup, Nick Foles, led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
Wentz then suffered a stress fracture in his back last year.
However, he seems to be on the mend and has participated in OTAs, receiving some more high praise from Pederson.
“Gosh, he’s strong. His lower body is strong. His arm is strong,” Pederson said at the beginning of June. “You are seeing the things that we saw a couple of years ago when he was healthy, obviously. He’s leading the offense, leading the team, and really doing a nice job out there.”