Carson Wentz on being ready for Week 1: ‘That’s the goal’
Carson Wentz on Tuesday met with the media for the first time since the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII with Nick Foles leading the way. Wentz not surprisingly was asked about his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee and where he is in his rehab.
“I’m not going into specifics,” Wentz said at Novacare Complex, where the Eagles are in the process of starting up offseason activities, via NJ.com. “We’ve started running and all those things. I feel good about where I’m at and I’m trying to stay the course.
“It’s such a fluid process that it’s hard to put a time table on these things. I wish I knew as well. Things are going well and I’m happy with where I’m at … I feel very good. I started the running progression. However many weeks ago I was throwing. Just to start being able to do all of those things is a good sign.”
Wentz was asked if he expects to be on the field for a Thursday night showdown in Week 1 with the Minnesota Vikings.
“That’s the goal,” Wentz said.
Much has been made of Wentz’s style of play, with the prevailing belief that his aggressive approach opens him up to injury. Wentz made it clear there are no plans to change the way he plays the quarterback position.
“First of all there will always be speculation, that’s part of the business, but I’m not going to change. I think I’m always going to learn. I know from first year to second year I learned quite a bit about how to protect myself. Then going back and watching again, there’s things that I can keep learning. But as far as changing my style, that’s not going to happen.”
Interestingly, former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich — now the head coach with the Indianapolis Colts — recently revealed Wentz refused to tone down his aggressiveness last season even when asked. So, it’s hardly surprising Wentz insisted it will be status quo going forward despite last year’s season-ending injury.