Wentz health and other early camp issues?
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz health, that’s the most pressing question in the first few days of training camp. There were rumors on the first day that Wentz would start camp on the “Physically unable to perform” list. The PUP list allows teams some flexibility with the roster. With injured players unable to practice, it gives the coaching staff the ability to evaluate other personnel. Once an injured player practices even for a minute, he is no longer eligible to be on the PUP list.
Eagles franchise quarterback on track for week one
Wentz will be on the field as he put the rumors of the PUP list to rest. Wentz health is the biggest issue, but not the only issue. There are other players that are integral to the success of the team that missed significant amounts of time. Chief among them are Jordan Hicks, Jason Peters and Darren Sproles.
Carson Wentz, 5 weeks and 5 days until opener: pic.twitter.com/8yVGM8ELcd
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) July 28, 2018
By most accounts, Wentz has looked strong and remarkably fluid for someone coming off of a major knee injury. His time has been spent mostly with the first unit although Nick Foles has received some reps as well. He has been active in 11 on 11 drills and there has also been some limited albeit unintentional physical contact. By all accounts, the leg injury hasn’t taken away from his sharpness.
Big man Peters
League insiders consider this line to be one of, if not the, best offensive line in football. This was before Peters hurt himself last year. The anchor of the line along with right tackle Lane Johnson forms a formidable tandem that opens the run game. The issue is IF Peters is healthy. A knee injury for a player at his age is tough to come back from. Wentz health may be the biggest issue but if Peters isn’t healthy, the quarterback’s chances to be upright all year could be compromised.
Hicks an All-Pro?
Another couple of returns to the line-up in training camp are Hicks and Sproles. Sproles hurt his arm last year against the Giants. His return ability and skill catching the ball out of the backfield can only help an already prolific offense. Furthermore, Hicks for the defense is nearly as important as Wentz is for the offense.
Hicks is stalking a pro bowl appearance if he can make it through a full season. His ability is unquestionable however as we go through the early stages of camp, it will be intriguing to see whether these four talented players can begin to round into form before the season starts. Whether or not Hicks is all the way back is still to be determined, but the fact that he is showing flashes so far is encouraging.
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) July 28, 2018