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Friday, July 19, 2019

Articles tagged: Carson Wentz

8 NFL quarterbacks who will disappoint in 2019

Jimmy Garoppolo

The NFL has been a quarterback’s league for many years now, and teams typically go as far as their QB will take them. For franchises like the New England Patriots, that is a comforting feeling. For others like the Denver Broncos who are facing uncertain situations at the position, it leaves fans not knowing what to expect.

Like every season, there are going to be quarterbacks who exceed expectations in 2019 and those who fall well short. Here are several we believe could leave fans disappointed this upcoming season.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

Garoppolo is working his way back from ACL surgery, which is never easy. Like we have seen countless times with quarterbacks in the past, he will likely have to work through some rust no matter how healthy he is. It should also be noted that Garoppolo was not playing all that well before he got hurt last year, as he had just five touchdown passes and three interceptions in three games.

The 49ers were linked to both Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason because they have serious question marks at the wide receiver position. They tried to address that by drafting former South Carolina star Deebo Samuel in the second round, but the questions remain. Between the time off and the inexperience around him, Garoppolo may have trouble living up to his massive contract in 2019.


Eagles coach says Carson Wentz’s back is healed ‘as far as I know’

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz admitted earlier back in April that his back still was not completely healed from stress fractures that cut his 2019 season short, but it seems as though he has come a long way over the past two months.

Wentz has been a full participant in OTAs and minicamp, and Eagles coach Doug Pederson was asked on Thursday if the quarterback’s back is fully healed. He reiterated that Wentz has had no limitations and said the back has not been an issue “as far as I know.”

A stress fracture is the type of injury that can linger, so the Eagles will probably play it safe with Wentz throughout training camp. Either way, the massive new contract they gave him indicates they are not concerned about his long-term health. With Nick Foles now out of the picture, the Eagles will do everything they can to make sure Wentz stays on the field for all of 2019.

Donovan McNabb congratulates Carson Wentz on new contract in wake of criticism

Donovan McNabb made headlines last month when he said the Philadelphia Eagles should consider drafting another quarterback and moving on from Carson Wentz, but the team proved how emphatically they disagree with McNabb by signing Wentz to a massive contract extension on Thursday. Suddenly, McNabb thinks that was a good decision.

Shortly after word surfaced that Wentz and the Eagles have agreed to a new deal, McNabb congratulated the two sides and said he expects “great things ahead.”

That take is somewhat surprising given that McNabb said a few weeks ago that Wentz hasn’t proven anything and the Eagles may be wise to move on from him if he can’t lead them on a deep playoff run in the next two years. He later clarified that he was referring to “the business of health” and the injuries Wentz has dealt with.

McNabb has been openly critical of the Eagles’ handling of their quarterback situation in the past, but some would say his “great things ahead” tweet is an example of flip-flopping. Perhaps it was just McNabb’s way of trying not to stir the pot more than he already has.


Carson Wentz agrees to 4-year contract extension with Eagles

Carson Wentz

All the chatter about Carson Wentz’s contract status can now be put to rest.

Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a four-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday. They also shared this video about how negotiations went down, indicating the sides are on friendly terms.

Wentz, who was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in 2016, is making $8.4 million this season. The team has a fifth-year contract option on him for $22.7 million. The four-year extension is tacked on after the 2020 option season and runs from 2021-2024, keeping Wentz under contract with the Eagles for the next six seasons in total.

Wentz emerged in the 2017 season and was putting together an MVP-caliber campaign until suffering a season-ending torn ACL injury. Nick Foles took over and led the team to the Super Bowl from there. Wentz struggled last season in his return from the injury and was also shut down early due to a back injury. The team went 5-6 in his 11 games.

For his career, the 26-year-old QB has passed for 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

Carson Wentz reveals what he misses with not having Nick Foles around

Carson Wentz

Now that Nick Foles has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carson Wentz will not have to listen to the debate this season surrounding which quarterback should start for the Philadelphia Eagles. That is probably a relief for the former first-round pick, but he says there are still things he will miss when Foles isn’t around.

One of them is the coffee.

On Tuesday, Wentz told reporters he will miss Wentz’s “laid back” personality, and he also joked about what a good barista his former teammate was.

Whether Wentz is a better player or not, there was a lot he could have learned from Foles. A bombshell report indicated last year that Foles was far more popular in the locker room than Wentz, and Wentz later admitted he needs to do a better job of being a leader. Foles managed to lead the Eagles to a win in the Super Bowl after Wentz went down two years ago, so there is plenty he did right.

As for the coffee, the Eagles will just have to find someone else who knows how to make a killer latte.

Eagles coach confirms Carson Wentz has no limitations at OTAs

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz missed a large portion of the offseason with the Philadelphia Eagles last year as he recovered from ACL surgery, and the quarterback appears to be off to a much better start from a health standpoint this year.

On Tuesday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed that Wentz will not have any limitations during organized team activities.

That obviously puts Wentz on track to be a full participant in minicamp and training camp, which is important this year now that Nick Foles has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wentz suffered stress fractures in his back last season and admitted as recently as a month ago that he is not 100 percent recovered from the injury, so the Eagles will likely continue to be cautious with him during the spring and summer. That said, they have made it clear they are not worried about his long-term health.

Report: Carson Wentz to have no limitations during OTAs

Carson Wentz

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looks to be without limitation as team OTAs get underway.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Wentz is not expected to have any physical limitations during on-field drills. While the Eagles will take care not to push their quarterback too quickly, it appears that it will be out of an abundance of caution rather than any actual physical issues.

Wentz suffered a stress fracture in his back last season, but he was always expected to be cleared for offseason work. At this point, it’s safe to assume he’ll be under center when the regular season kicks off in September.