Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz is “fine” (but how long will that last?)

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At a time when plenty of Eagles players are injured, the most important one isn’t. Coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Wednesday that quarterback Carson Wentz is “fine.”

Speculation had swirled that Wentz may have emerged from Sunday night’s loss to the Falcons with some sort of an injury, given the manner in which he was banged around during the game. Even if he’s healthy, the question becomes whether Wentz eventually will suffer an injury that will cause him to miss time.

After Philadelphia’s Week One win over Washington, Wentz told PFT that he’s still trying to strike the “fine balance” between playing aggressively and protecting himself. He also acknowledged that, when in the middle of the fray, he lets his “instincts take over.”

“I won’t play timid,” he said. “I won’t shy away from contact.”

Wentz tried to bolster his ability to take a physical pounding by altering his approach to nutrition, health, and exercise. Still, the more that contact happens, the greater the chance that an injury may occur. All quarterbacks need to find a way to minimize the number of hits they take, in turn to minimize the number of opportunities they have at getting injured.

13 responses to “Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz is “fine” (but how long will that last?)

  1. Andrew Luck didn’t shy away from contact either. They need Wentz healthy, not showing everybody what a tough guy he is.

  2. He played this game for 15 yrs. before the N.F.L. You can’t change the way you were taught and learned to play the game. I’m one Eagle fan that’s happy he’s not changing. You are who you are whether your playing football or selling TV’s or anything else. Don’t believe me pick something out of your life and change it. Im betting you can’t.

  3. Wentz doesn’t shy away from contact such as a quarterback sneak play. It’s not as if he’s out there trying to run over defensive backs and linebackers. People are so reactionary and in their feelings it’s laughable.

  4. You can tell who watches Eagles games and who doesn’t. He really doesn’t take many big hits relative to any other QB, people just assume he does because he can be mobile and move around and there’s a stigma that goes with that.

  5. Carson Wince went 5-6 last year. Everyone blamed his supporting cast, remember?

    Then Nick Foles went 4-1 and won a playoff game with the same team, causing the excuse-makers to shut up forever.

  6. I’m going to feel pretty bad when Trey Flowers takes Wentz out for the rest of the season.

  7. @divan22 says:
    September 18, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    Carson Wince went 5-6 last year. Everyone blamed his supporting cast, remember?
    Then Nick Foles went 4-1 and won a playoff game with the same team, causing the excuse-makers to shut up forever.
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    No I don’t remember that. I remember him being locked onto Ertz and nobody else. I remember him forcing passes. I also remember he was coming off knee and back injuries. Now that Foles has a broken collarbone (again) there’s no need in continuing that discussion. Foles is gone.

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