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No limitations for Carson Wentz as OTAs begin, per Doug Pederson

No limitations for Carson Wentz as OTAs begin, per Doug Pederson

As the Eagles kick off OTA practices on Tuesday morning, Carson Wentz is a full-go. 

The Eagles’ franchise quarterback has no limitations, according to head coach Doug Pederson, and will do everything this spring. 

“I’m not going to hold him back,” Pederson said. 

This is good news, although it’s not really unexpected. 

Even before an NFL Network report on Monday said Wentz would have no limitations, this was always the expectation. It was always Wentz’s goal to be ready for OTAs. 

Wentz is now five months from the time in December when Pederson said the healing time for the stress fracture in his back was three months. Had Wentz not been ready, then there would have been cause for concern. Now, there should just be a slight sense of relief. 

This is an important offseason for the 26-year-old franchise quarterback. He was limited last spring and summer as he recovered from a torn ACL and LCL. During the 2018 season, he said he never felt his full explosion in that left knee return. 

If Wentz is going to get back to his near-MVP form from the 2017 season, it won’t hurt having him out there for OTAs. Some might want the Eagles to hold back some with Wentz, but these spring practices aren’t very strenuous. And he has some new receivers and running backs to get used to. 

Is is important? Yes,” Pederson said. “Is it training camp? No. Is it the regular season? No. We’re still building as a football team. We’ve got new players, we’ve gone out and got a bunch of free agents and we’re trying to get everybody on the same page. 

We’ve got some rookies. We’ve just got to get everybody … this is the time to get on the same page. We’re working through some things, offensively, defensively, on special teams. Is it important that he’s out there? I do think it’s important that he’s there working with the guys. That’s why I’m excited that he gets a chance to do that.

One key player Wentz has to get used to playing with is DeSean Jackson. Jackson has the kind of speed Wentz has never had before and it takes some time to build an on-field relationship. Jackson has been around and working with Wentz all spring, so that should help. 

There’s also the issue of the contract extension that might happen before the start of the 2019 season. The Eagles haven’t been shy about their desire to get a deal done. Having Wentz on the field might help things along. 

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Carson Wentz speaks out against institutional racism in wake of George Floyd’s death

Carson Wentz speaks out against institutional racism in wake of George Floyd’s death

Carson Wentz doesn’t often speak out about social or racial issues but the Eagles’ franchise quarterback made a notable and worthwhile exception on Thursday evening, condemning institutional racism in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Monday. 

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis on Monday night by a police officer in an incident caught on camera. The officer kneeled on his neck for an extended period of time while Floyd was handcuffed. 

Wentz, who grew up in North Dakota, about six hours from Minneapolis, tweeted the following heartfelt and thoughtful message on Thursday night: 

Been thinking about the George Floyd situation and thinking of the words to say & coming up empty. All I know is that the institutional racism in this country breaks my heart and needs to stop. Can’t even fathom what the black community has to endure on a daily basis. 

Being from North Dakota, I’ve spent a large part of my life surrounded by people of similar color, so I’m never gonna act like I know what the black community goes through or even has gone through already. I’ll never know the feeling of having to worry about my kids going outside because of their skin color. 

However, I do know that we are all equal at the foot of the cross and Jesus Taught us to value others’ lives like they were our own — regardless of skin tone. 

So, this might see like a ramble — and perhaps it is. I don’t understand the society that we live in that doesn’t value all human life. It’s heartbreaking and disturbing. My prayers go out to every man, woman, and child that has to endure the effects of racism in our society. 

Shortly after Wentz’s statement, Zach Ertz sent out his own statement on the situation. 

The video of the incident shows Floyd on the ground, handcuffed, as a police officer kneels on his neck, even after Floyd said he couldn’t breathe. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

The four police officers involved in the incident have been fired but as of Thursday evening had not been charged with any crimes. 

The Vikings released a statement on Wednesday: 

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred Monday evening just blocks from our stadium. Everyone in our community deserves the right to feel protected and safe. Our thoughts are with the George Floyd family and all individuals who have been affected by this tragedy."

Wentz and Ertz’s speaking out is also notable, frankly, because they’re white athletes. Many minority athletes have spoken out since Floyd’s death but having star white athletes join them is very important. 

Back when Malcolm Jenkins was raising his fist during the National Anthem to demonstrate against social and racial inequality and injustice, Chris Long began to put his arm around Jenkins in a show of solidarity. Long, at the time, told Jenkins that more white men needed to be allies in the fight. 

Wentz and Ertz positioned themselves as allies on Thursday night. 

While Wentz has been very philanthropic during his four-year NFL career, he has mostly steered clear of any social, racial or political statements. He made a worthwhile exception here, using his platform to call out something that is clearly wrong, disturbing and sadly not unfathomable. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Where does Carson Wentz rank among NFL QBs?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Where does Carson Wentz rank among NFL QBs?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro debate Carson Wentz’s rank among all starting NFL quarterbacks. 

Plus, the guys go over the new rules that passed and the big one that didn’t. Which rules would they implement? 

Roob takes a look at the Eagles’ lack of young talent and the guys continue Better or Worse with a deep dive at receiver. 

It’s all here: 

  • (1:50) — Carson Wentz's ranking among starting QBs
  • (17:38) — Eagles' proposed onside kick alternative doesn't get approved
  • (26:12) — The 10 best Eagles under 25-years-old
  • (33:39) — Best Eagles to never make a Pro Bowl
  • (42:14) — Better or Worse: Receiver

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