Coach Doug Pederson wants Wentz to throw deep more often in 2020, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This is in the words of Eagles GM Howie Roseman, who recently used a first-round pick on Jalen Reagor (4.47 40), a fifth-rounder on John Hightower (4.43), a sixth-rounder on Quez Watkins (4.35) and even added Marquise Goodwin (4.27) in a pick swap. Roseman hopes the offense can add a consistent downfield element for the first time since Wentz's 2017 breakout season, with the aforementioned receivers competing for snaps that went to possession targets like Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Nelson Agholor last year. Jeffery's status on the team remains tenuous, at best, while DeSean Jackson seems to be in much better standing. It could even be argued that the team now has too many deep threats and not enough possession guys in the wideout corps, but that shouldn't be much of a problem if Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders stay healthy. While it doesn't come with any guarantees, the offseason makeover at least gives Wentz a ceiling that stretches beyond his 2018-19 production.
The Eagles officially exercised Wentz's (concussion) team option for 2020 on Friday, Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports reports. The move was merely procedural, as Wentz's 2020 salary would have risen to $31.38 million while voiding the remaining years on his extension had Philadelphia declined to exercise the option. Wentz was forced out early in the Eagles' wild-card round loss to the Seahawks on Jan. 5 with a concussion, but he cleared all five phases of the NFL's concussion protocol three days later and would have been available had Philadelphia advanced to the divisional round, per Derrick Gunn of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Wentz has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's wild-card game versus the Seahawks due to a head injury, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. He finished the contest having completed one of four passes for three yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and having recovered his own fumble. Wentz went to the locker room in the first half after being driven into the turf by Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, and his day is done. Josh McCown will fulfill quarterback duties for the remainder of the contest. If the Eagles win, Wentz will aim to get healthy for next Sunday's divisional-round matchup versus the Packers.
Wentz is being evaluated for a head injury during Sunday's wild-card game versus the Seahawks. Wentz was driven into the turf by Seahawks pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney in the first quarter, with his upper back and head taking the brunt of the punishment. Because Wentz was wobbly as he got to his feet, a neurologist alerted the Eagles to a potential head injury. If he enters the NFL's concussion protocol, Wentz will yield QB duties to veteran Josh McCown for the rest of this contest.
Wentz went to the locker room late in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. After an examination in the blue sideline tent, Wentz was joined by members of the Eagles' training staff on his way off the field. Prior to his departure, he was driven hard into the turf by Seahawks pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, but the nature of Wentz's injury is not yet known. As long as Wentz is sidelined, Josh McCown will be under center for Philadelphia.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|4||10/05||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|13||12/06||@Green Bay Packers||3||14.33|
|14||12/13||New Orleans Saints||20||20.18|
|3 Year Avg||64.4||3470||27||7||212||0||301|