As the Eagles stretched prior to practice on Monday afternoon, rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw several passes on a side field, while head trainer Chris Peduzzi watched closely.
Wentz wasn’t in a helmet and isn’t ready to practice just yet thanks to his cracked ribs, but the No. 2 overall pick is at least making progress.
“Still experiencing some discomfort,” said Wentz, who added he no longer feels pain in other daily activities. “It’s one of those things that just takes time. I’m going to try today off to the side of practice and just get some throwing in. But it just takes some time.”
Head coach Doug Pederson was perhaps confused while speaking to the media on Monday morning, when he said Wentz threw Sunday and wouldn’t throw Monday. Instead, Wentz said, he took Sunday off after throwing on Saturday.
Pederson again classified Wentz’s injury as “day to day.” And the plan is still to have Wentz ready to play in the fourth and final preseason game on Sept. 1 at the Linc against the Jets.
“That’s the goal,” Wentz said. “But again, it’s just one of those things where you just have to wait and see. They have to do another scan and just kind of reevaluate here in probably about a week.”
Wentz is known for his physical style of play at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds. He said despite the injury, he doesn’t plan on changing anything.
“It’s not going to change the way I play,” Wentz said. “I’m not going to back away from anything. At the same time, I’m still learning how to control myself and take care of the body, protect myself a little more. That’s something I just need to keep doing for the rest of my career.”
While he obviously wasn’t able to play in the game on Thursday, Wentz was on the sideline. He said he did the same things he would have done if he had been dressed. He helped the other three quarterbacks and, of course, took mental reps.
Mental reps is the term injured players use to describe what they do while they can’t physically participate in practice. Wentz has been getting plenty of mental reps recently.
This process isn’t something completely new to the rookie either. He spent a good portion of his 2015 season in college taking mental reps while he was out with a broken wrist.
How much does Wentz get out of mental reps?
“I get quite a bit,” he said. “As long as you’re locked in. I’m always asking coaches a million questions. I’m always trying to find out what’s happening. I’m always trying to pretend I’m in there and what would I maybe change? Or what would my read be? I get quite a bit out of it.”