Carson Wentz is good to go for Week 1.
The Eagles quarterback said he will be prepared to open the regular season despite not playing in the past two preseason games and not being sure if he’s playing in the team’s third exhibition game against the Ravens on Thursday.
“I’m ready for Week One,” Wentz said Tuesday at his press conference.
Wentz missed the last part of the 2018 season due to a stress fracture in his back. Even though he hasn’t played in eight months, he is ready to finally take contact.
“I’m really not worried about it, to be honest,” Wentz said. “Every year, coming in, it’s always going to be that first hit, no matter if it’s three months off, six months off, 10 months, 12 months. It doesn’t really matter. That first hit wakes you up real quick and it’s football mode again.”
Along with his personal progression, Wentz participating in joint practices with the Ravens seemed to have pushed the team when it came to buttoning down the little things.
“Looking at what we have for me, distributing the ball quick. Get it in the playmakers’ hands and let them make plays, trusting what I see,” Wentz said while snapping his fingers, “making quick reaction, quick decisions. So far, so good with that.
“I feel good with where we’re at. Not just myself but as an offense from OTAs to where we’re at now … everybody is just responding and reacting quicker, so I think we’re just going to keep building that. Going against Baltimore (in two joint practices) and seeing different defenses, that’s just helped with where we’re at.”
Wentz tore his ACL and LCL late into the 2017 season, which caused him to miss the entire postseason and the Eagles’ eventual Super Bowl win. The fractured back last season led many to wonder if he is injury-prone and likely has contributed to the Eagles keeping him on the sideline during the preseason.
Should Wentz not play this week or in the Eagles’ fourth preseason game, he likely will get his first hit Sept. 8, when the Eagles face the Redskins.