PFT 2019 storyline No. 12: Will Carson Wentz stay healthy?

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December 2017. Led by second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, the Eagles rocketed toward the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and Wentz had the inside track to the league MVP award.

Then came a visit to the Rams, an ill-timed head-first dive to the end zone, an unexpected ACL tear in the process, and that was that for Wentz.

But not for the Eagles, of course. Journeyman Nick Foles took the Eagles on the ultimate journey, holding (barely) the top seed in the conference, beating (barely) the Falcons in the divisional round, beating (handily) the Vikings in the NFC Championship game, and winning (somehow) the Super Bowl over the Patriots. Wentz didn’t win the regular-season MVP award, and Foles ended up being named the Super Bowl MVP.

Wentz’s recovery and rehab hovered over the 2018 offseason, keeping Wentz from starting the season, one that started sluggishly and stayed that way. Until, that is, Wentz was lost again for the balance of the season in December, Foles returned to the field, securing a playoff berth, upsetting the Bears in Chicago, and nearly stunning the Saints in New Orleans for a second consecutive berth in the NFC Championship.

Now, Foles is gone, and Wentz is supposedly healthy. But will he stay healthy? That’s the question that will determine whether the Eagles can deliver on a ceiling that has them winning another Super Bowl.

Wentz has spectacular skills. However, he has been too reckless with his body — dating back to the preseason of his rookie year, when he went head over heels and eventually suffered a hairline rib fracture in the opener against Tampa Bay. The challenge becomes finding a balance between playing with abandon and playing with an abundance of caution, allowing him to do special things but also enabling him to keep playing.

If he can find that balance, he can stay healthy all year, and he can become the league’s MVP. If he can’t, he’s destined to be injured again, and the Eagles may end up regretting the decision to keep Wentz and to watch Foles walk away.

Especially if Foles keeps working in Jacksonville the magic he managed the last two years in Philadelphia.

33 responses to “PFT 2019 storyline No. 12: Will Carson Wentz stay healthy?

  1. The most determined guy on the team is surrounded by a wealth of talent. I tihnk he’ll be back to 2017 MVP form this season…

  2. Great continuation…and the right question. I think he will be fine. But like Andrew Luck, the question isn’t skills. It is about whether it can happen on the field.

  3. Health is the first question. Clutch is the second.

    Wentz is still entirely untested in the postseason, where so many other great talents have faltered. But yeah, he has to get there first in good health before we see if he has the magic it takes to go all the way.

  4. The next time an NFL QB returns to peak form after a torn ACL will be the first time.

  5. Tough to expect him to play an injury free season…..Back injuries are nagging injuries….They rarely fully heal.

  6. wryly1 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    The next time an NFL QB returns to peak form after a torn ACL will be the first time.

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    I believe a dude named Tom Brady did that after the 2008 season.

  7. While I’m still bitter over the NFC title game from 2 years ago, I’m not sure if people appreciate how loaded the Eagles are. If Wentz stays healthy they will be in the NFC championship game again.

  8. I believe a dude named Tom Brady did that after the 2008 season.

    Brady was good but definitely not in peak form in 2009.

  9. It’s a shame Carson can’t be like Eli and just win in the playoffs !

  10. beardown502 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    wryly1 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    The next time an NFL QB returns to peak form after a torn ACL will be the first time.

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    I believe a dude named Tom Brady did that after the 2008 season.

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    But he hasn’t been the same since.

  11. tonyzendejas says:

    Brady was good but definitely not in peak form in 2009.

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    Three Superbowls since 2009. I’ll settle for a year of being not peak.

  12. wryly1 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    The next time an NFL QB returns to peak form after a torn ACL will be the first time.
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    Deshaun Watson. It would be great if the people who commented actually watched football

  13. unleaded92 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    The most determined guy on the team is surrounded by a wealth of talent. I tihnk he’ll be back to 2017 MVP form this season…

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    Wentz has never won an MVP. Heck, he has never even won a playoff game

  14. I love Nick Foles and he will always be a hero to Eagles fans, but the Eagles made the right call sticking with Wentz. Lots of guys have a run of bad injury luck and then play many healthy seasons. For example, Matthew Stafford started 10 games, then 3 games in his first two seasons; he hasn’t missed a start now for eight straight seasons. Wentz has started more games than Stafford did in his first three years. He’s not injury prone; it’s just been some bad luck. He’ll be fine.

  15. pmlangan says:
    July 12, 2019 at 1:46 pm
    wryly1 says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    The next time an NFL QB returns to peak form after a torn ACL will be the first time.
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    Deshaun Watson. It would be great if the people who commented actually watched football

    And Tom Brady

  16. tonyzendejas says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    wents sucks

    …………………………………………
    Now go put on your Dak Prescott jersey

  17. He has never demonstrated he is a full season QB. Without Fowles, this team is in serious trouble.

  18. tonyzendejas says:
    July 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    I believe a dude named Tom Brady did that after the 2008 season.

    Brady was good but definitely not in peak form in 2009.
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    Well how about 2010? Thanks for helping wentz’s argument since last year he was definitely not in peak form the year after as well.

  19. Ultraviolet Thunder says:
    July 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm
    He has never demonstrated he is a full season QB. Without Fowles, this team is in serious trouble.
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    Wasn’t this demonstrated his rookie year?

  20. Folks keep talking about his ACL. It’s his back this season that I’m worried about. He’s 2 seasons removed from knee surgery, I think his knee (and any PTSD from it) is fine. When he played last year, He seemed to play smarter and “slide feet first” whenever possible.

    He has a legit running game this year, and the weapons in his receiving corps are among the best in the business. The TE tandem of Ertz and Goeddert – oh my.

    He’ll be able to have more options to get rid of the ball and reduce the risk of injury.

    Wentz will be fine.

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