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Carson Wentz is 'trusting the process' in his rehab

Carson Wentz is 'trusting the process' in his rehab

After seeing Carson Wentz ramp up his rehab during spring practices, reporters were pretty eager on Wednesday to ask him for an update. 

There wasn’t much of one. 

“Just keep progressing, just stay the course,” Wentz said. “As my man Joel Embiid would say, just keep trusting the process.” 

This process has Wentz now doing individual drills and has him involved in 7-on-7s. It also has Eagles fans incredibly encouraged about his progress. After all, Wentz has continued to say his goal is to be ready for Week 1 and we haven’t seen anything to dissuade that. 

Wentz said he’d love to be “full bore” but is still feeling pretty good with where he’s at in his recovery from a torn ACL and LCL he suffered on Dec. 10. 

During the last few weeks, in practices open to reporters, Wentz hasn’t seemed to be favoring his surgically repaired left knee. In fact, he’s looked pretty comfortable planting on that knee, which has been sitting inside a black brace. 

Perhaps one of the most important developments from his media session on Wednesday after practice was his confidence in his mechanics. Remember, he altered some of his footwork and possibly even his throwing motion before the start of last season. 

“I feel great with my mechanics,” Wentz said. “I feel like I’ve been able to retain those pretty well. Even since I got hurt, I’ve been able to do some seated throwing throughout the whole time. That’s one thing I’ve emphasized a lot, to make sure those don’t go away.”

Seated throwing? 

Wentz said he didn’t think anyone really recommended throwing from the seat of his pants. It was just difficult to become a spectator for the playoffs, so he started doing it on his own. Maybe that will give him a little edge in his recovery. 

For the next five weeks, Wentz will spend most of his time around Philly while he rehabs at the team facility. He’ll have some down time, but mostly just working on his recovery. 

Last summer, he took his receivers to North Dakota for a little retreat. Wentz thinks that’s probably not going to happen this year just because he needs to be at the facility to rehab. “I know they might be sad about that,” he said through a smile. 

There are plenty of benchmarks left for Wentz to hit in his recovery, but the big one still looms. Eventually, he’ll need to be cleared for contact. Until that happens, he won’t be able to play. 

“It's just a matter of steady progression as we build towards training camp,” Doug Pederson said. “He's going to work extremely hard over the next month, month and a half, and be ready for camp, obviously, and then we'll just reevaluate. But those boxes will all get checked based on what our doctors and training staff will put forth for him.” 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank is joined by a tired Dave Zangaro, still in Indianapolis at the combine. 

They guys break down Howie Roseman’s recent comments about the linebacker position and Howie’s radio remarks about the Jadeveon Clowney hit. 

The latest on Malcolm Jenkins, the proposed CBA and Rich Scangarello’s role in the Eagles’ offense. 

• Still not ready to spend on linebackers 
• Howie speaks out about Clowney’s hit
• Latest on the Malcolm Jenkins situation 
• A closer look at the proposed CBA and why it’s going to pass 
• Figuring out Rich Scangarello’s importance to the offense 
• And what if the Eagles bring back Alshon Jeffery? 

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NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

Jadeveon Clowney is Public Enemy No. 1 for Eagles fans right now, after his dirty hit in the Wild Card round injured Carson Wentz and ended the Birds' playoff hopes.

Can you imagine facing Clowney twice in 2020? That might end up a reality, according to a report from none other than ESPN's Josina Anderson, another villain from the Wentz hit fallout.

Anderson reports that Clowney is opening to returning to the Seahawks in 2020, but is also open to other opportunities, and could be courted by an Eagles rival:

Ignoring the football implications for now - Clowney, antics aside, is good at football - let's think instead about the absolute mayhem that would meet Clowney when the Giants visited The Linc.

It would probably be... a lot. For a fanbase willing to boo its own guys, that's nothing compared to the wrath Philly fans unleash when they feel they've been wronged by a player, justified or not. Just ask Sidney Crosby how his last decade-plus of visits to this side of the state have been, without anything nearly as malicious on his rap sheet.

The entire organization was angry about the play, from guys like Jason Peters in the hours after the hit to Howie Roseman talking about its lingering effects just this week (see story), which means we'd likely see a fired-up team take the field in that first Giants game, especially if it happened to be at home, emotions swirling in the South Philly winds.

Roseman encapsulated most fans' feelings when he spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday:

We thought that was a foul. We’re sick to our stomach about the way our season ended for our team and Carson in particular. (...) Doug’s sick. Jeffery’s sick about it. Our whole organization is sick about it. We’re there, we have a home playoff game, eight plays in? Come on.

Luckily for Eagles fans seeking to voice their frustration, even if Clowney goes back to Seattle, he'll still visit the Linc next year. But it would be doubly satisfying to beat him while he plays for a division rival.

Can you imagine the roar of the crowd as Wentz spins out of a Clowney sack attempt, rolls to his right, and rifles a pass to Dallas Goedert to go up by two scores? The Linc might not survive.

We'll see what happens.

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