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Carson Wentz ups confidence level for Week 1

Carson Wentz ups confidence level for Week 1

The goal hasn’t changed, but maybe the confidence level has. 

Throughout the offseason, during his rehab, Carson Wentz has maintained that his goal is to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. In mid-April, Wentz said he was happy with his rehab, but was very hesitant to talk about timetables aside from the main goal. 

Appearing on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Monday Morning, Wentz had a pretty positive tone when asked how confident he is about being ready for the Week 1 opener against the Atlanta Falcons. 

“I’m very confident,” Wentz said. “It’s a fluid process, so you never know how it’s going to go. But where we’re at, just trying to do what the doctors say and kind of just take it step by step. There’s the times where you feel great and you want to push it more, but you gotta just stay the course with what the doctors are saying. I feel really good and really confident for Week 1.” 

Wentz, 25, tore his left ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles. Since the surgery to repair the injury, Wentz has been progressing through his rehab with the goal to be ready for that opener. That means Wentz would return to the football field nine months after the injury. 

When he spoke to reporters last month, Wentz said he didn’t think he needed to play in preseason games, so if he does play in Week 1, it’ll probably be his return to game action. 

While the rehab has been going well, Wentz has been very careful not to push it too much. He’s been working with trainers and doctors to make sure the rehab is slow and steady to avoid the risk of more injury. He said there are times when he feels good that he’s tempted to push more. 

During the last couple months, Wentz has also continued to say that he won’t change his style of play. He recognizes the importance of protecting his body and said he’ll learn how to do that more and more as his career progresses. 

“But overall as an aggressive player, I’m not going to change, so to speak,” he said. “I’m not going to let this slow me down going forward. I truly believe I’ll come back stronger than ever, especially having to miss the playoffs, miss the Super Bowl. As exciting as it was, there’s that little uneasiness inside of me to have to miss those games that I truly believe I’ll be back stronger than ever. I’m not too worried about it going forward.” 

Ever Wonder: Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green?

Ever Wonder: Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green?

In our latest installment of Ever Wonder, we’re taking a look at one of the most puzzling questions for all Eagles fans: 

Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green? 

It’s not for lack of effort. While the Eagles haven’t worn kelly green as their primary uniform since they switched to midnight green in the mid-90s, owner Jeff Lurie has been on a mission to bring back kelly green jerseys as an alternate. It’s a mission many Eagles fans and even players support. 

So far, no luck. 

The basic reason is an NFL rule that allows just one helmet per player for safety and quality control reasons. It’s an antiquated rule but it’s the main holdup for the Eagles. 

The Eagles’ helmets are midnight green and Lurie doesn’t want midnight green helmets and kelly green jerseys. 

“To make it look really right, you should have matching helmets,” Lurie said once said. 

The Eagles even went as far as to propose a rule change during the 2017 offseason. But they withdrew the proposal before owners could vote on it because of advice from the NFL’s competition committee. It wasn’t going to pass. 

During those owners meetings, competition committee chairman Rich McKay told me he was hopeful that the rule would eventually get changed. 

A possible workaround would be for the Eagles to use decals on their existing helmets like some other teams, but Lurie doesn’t like that idea. For him, it’s kelly green helmet or bust. 

“We want a kelly green helmet to go with the kelly green jerseys,” he said. 

So, for now, the Eagles wait. 

And they’ll have to wait at least one more year. But there’s some hope for the 2021 season. 

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Is Dallas Goedert the Eagles’ most underrated player?

Is Dallas Goedert the Eagles’ most underrated player?

The folks over at ProFootballFocus recently put together a list of the most underrated player on each of the 32 NFL rosters and the choice for the Eagles wasn’t a very surprising one. 

For the Eagles, they listed tight end Dallas Goedert, the former second-round pick who will enter Year 3 of his career in 2020. 

Here’s what PFF said about Goedert: 

When you enter the NFL in the shadow of one of the league’s best tight ends, it’s easy to be somewhat overlooked. That is the case with Goedert, who was immediately thrust into a role as TE2 despite being taken in the second round out of South Dakota State. The Eagles have run a heavy dose of two tight end sets to get both him and Zach Ertz on the field, and it’s pretty clear from those snaps that Goedert is a top-end TE in the NFL.

“Since 2018, Goedert actually ranks fifth among qualifying tight ends in overall grade, ahead of Ertz. A big reason — outside of the obvious mismatch threats he poses as a receiver — is his elite play as a blocker for the position. Goedert’s 81.4 run-blocking grade sits sandwiched between Maxx Williams and George Kittle for second at the position over that same span. He is a complete tight end who would be a high-level primary option on most rosters in the NFL.

All of that is fair. And from a national perspective, I’m sure Goedert is very underrated. I don’t think he’s as underrated in Philadelphia, where Eagles fans get to watch him every weekend. 

In his first two seasons, Goedert has 91 catches for 941 yards and nine touchdowns. He made a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2 and he’s one of the better blocking tight ends in the league. So he’s a really well-rounded tight end. 

And his numbers aren’t that far off from what Zach Ertz did in his first two NFL seasons: 

Ertz: 94 catches, 1,171 yards, 7 touchdowns

Goedert: 91 catches, 941 yards, 9 touchdowns 

Heck, Goedert has been so good that he has some fans wondering if the Eagles should move on from Ertz at some point. 

So maybe from a national perspective, Goedert is underrated. But here in Philly, I don’t think he is. 

The two players I think are underrated locally are Isaac Seumalo and Derek Barnett. Neither guy is a star but both are better players than they get for. 

Seumalo has had two horrendous games in his career and it has really tainted the perception of his play. But aside from those games, he’s been a solid player. He’s still  just 26 and has become a pretty good starting left guard. 

And Barnett hasn’t lived up to his draft status as the 14th pick but he’s been better than you think when he’s on the field. The injuries are a concern, but since Barnett was drafted in 2017 he’s third on the team in sacks (14) behind Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox and second in QB hits (49) behind just Cox. And he is still just 23!

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