Carson Wentz might have been the NFL MVP in 2017 before he suffered a torn left ACL in Week 14. Instead, he was lost for the season and had to watch his backup, Nick Foles, lead the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl LII against the Patriots. Wentz is expected to be fine for the start of training camp, and Fantasy owners hope he picks up where last season ended. Wentz, despite missing the final three games of the regular season, still finished as the No. 3 Fantasy quarterback in standard leagues. He had 10 games with at least 20 Fantasy points in a standard league, and he should have the chance for another standout season if he's healthy by Week 1. The concern for Wentz will be if his mobility is compromised from the knee injury, and he ran for 299 yards last year. And will he suffer from some regression given his touchdown production. He also lost weapons in Trey Burton and Torrey Smith, and Alshon Jeffery is coming off shoulder surgery. But Mike Wallace was brought in to replace Smith, and Wentz plays for one of the best play-callers in the NFL in Doug Pederson. He also has a standout offensive line and an elite tight end in Zach Ertz. Wentz should be considered a solid No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues, and he's worth drafting with a mid-round pick. Just make sure his knee is fine for the start of the year
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he still isn't sure if Wentz (knee) will be ready for Week 1, Peter King of NBC Sports reports. "I can't say," Pederson said, regarding Wentz's availability for the opener. "I don't know now. I can tell you it's not going to be a Doug Pederson decision. It will be a doctors' decision. Carson will have to be 100 percent before he takes the field. I am going to rely totally on my medical staff." Rehabbing from a torn ACL accompanied by other damage in his left knee, Wentz seemed to be ahead of schedule in early June when he took part in 7-on-7 drills at the final round of OTAs. While his rehab is coming along faster than expected, the nature and timing of the injury will make it tough to forecast his Week 1 status until the start of the season is much closer. It's uncertain if Wentz has a realistic shot to take part in 11-on-11 contact work early in training camp.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Wentz (knee) has begun participating in 7-on-7 drills during Philadelphia's offseason program, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports. Wentz's presence on the field in any capacity less than six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee was already viewed as a major win for the Eagles, but the fact that the quarterback has now graduated from individual drills to team work indicates he's progressing at a truly remarkable pace. While Wentz still has multiple checkpoints in his recovery to clear before he's given a clean bill of health, it appears that any fears the signal-caller might not be ready for Week 1 have substantially diminished over the past couple of weeks. Despite Wentz's seemingly setback-free rehab, there's no indication the Eagles intend to gauge other teams' interest in acquiring Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who will presumably remain a high-quality insurance option behind Wentz entering the upcoming campaign.
Wentz (knee) took part in individual drills during Tuesday's OTA session, The News Journal reports. Wentz has yet to be cleared for team activities, but even participation during individual drills is a good sign for him a little over five months removed from a torn ACL. Backup Nick Foles will continue to guide the offense this offseason as Wentz progresses toward a return, but the third-year signal caller expressed confidence in early May that he will be ready for Week 1.
Wentz (knee) said he is very confident he will be ready for Week 1. While he presumably hasn't progressed to cutting or agility work, the 25-year-old quarterback did begin a running program at some point in April. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Wentz recently sent film to QB gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, who said that his throwing mechanics appear unchanged. Despite the consistent positivity so far, Wentz's recovery will require close monitoring in the coming months, as the timing of his ACL tear in December will make it a challenge to be ready for the regular-season opener. He likely will be limited or unavailable when the Eagles open training camp in late July.
Wentz said Tuesday that he has begun the running portion of his rehab from a torn ACL in his left knee, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. There's no evidence Wentz is running on the field, meaning he likely is contained to an Alter-G treadmill in order to rebuild strength and movement in the knee. During Tuesday's media session, he added there isn't a specific timetable for his return to the field, but Week 1 remains "the goal," according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. Wentz is confident he doesn't have to make an appearance in the preseason to achieve that objective, but he'd be beating the most optimistic timeline after tearing up his knee Dec. 10. As long as Wentz remains in recovery mode, Super Bowl LII hero Nick Foles will direct the Eagles offense.
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|2||09/16||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||18.56|
|6||10/12||@New York Giants||32||22.88|
|11||11/18||@New Orleans Saints||18||19.06|
|12||11/25||New York Giants||32||22.88|
|15||12/17||@Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
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