Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who signed a four-year, $128 million extension in the offseason, will not take a snap in the preseason. The 26-year-old Wentz is coming off a back injury, which forced him to miss the final three games of the 2018 regular season and playoffs.
The good thing for Wentz and the Eagles is that he is completely healthy. Wentz will start Week 1 against the Redskins, and according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Wentz being healthy is the most important thing right now.
“I think it goes all the way back to even the end of the season. Just how he approached the off-season,” Pederson said about Wentz on Tuesday. “He was determined to, No. 1, be healthy. The way he attacked his rehab. He was diligent in his rehab. He trusted the doctors. He trusted the team around him that was helping him physically get back and then just as we progressed through the OTAs with the practices and how we structure practice, just each day he kept getting stronger and stronger and on into camp.
“Training camp was set up that way with that in mind, to have all our starters prepared and ready to go for week one. I’ve seen nothing but improvement each week of training camp with him. He’s had some really good practices here as of late, and I feel comfortable that he’s ready to go.”
There will be some rust that Wentz may have to work off early in the season, but in reality, a lot of players in the NFL will be going through the same thing. Teams around the league are doing their best to keep their stars out of harm’s way. Therefore, starters are not getting a lot of snaps in the preseason anymore, so Wentz not playing in the preseason, will probably be no big deal.