What Eagles QB Carson Wentz is Changing After Back-to-Back Injury-Shortened Seasons

May 22, 2019 - 7:13 am

The 2019 Eagles may be even more talented on paper than the 2017 Super Bowl championship team.

Not everyone is ready to publicly state that though. WIP's Angelo Cataldi asked Carson Wentz about the comparison.

"I never want to get caught up in saying anything like that," Wentz wisely said on Wednesday's 94WIP Morning Show.

Despite losing guys like LB Jordan Hicks, DE Michael Bennett, DE Chris Long and, most likely, current free-agent running backs Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi, the Eagles have added integral high level players in RB Jordan Howard, WR DeSean Jackson, LB Zach Brown, and DT Malik Jackson to their roster this offseason. They're also expecting significant first-year contributions from rookies OT Andre Dillard, RB Miles Sanders, and DE Shareef Miller.



But how many times have we heard about a talented NFL roster in May? A zillion. And like Wentz says, while talent is important, it takes much more than talent to win championships in team sports.

"I will say, it's a very talented roster," Wentz admitted. "If you just look at the individuals, we have a lot of talent on this roster and we know that, but we also know it's much more than talent that wins championships. So we've got a lot of work to do, a lot of bonding and chemistry to build. We're excited about doing that and I think we have the culture to do that."

The biggest addition to the roster, obviously, is getting Wentz back healthy and keeping him healthy. Wentz has missed each of the Eagles' last two postseason, once with a torn ACL,  once with a back injury, but is back fully healthy participating in OTAs. Wentz says he has amped up some of his nutritional habits this offseason.

"I've always thought I was a pretty healthy individual, but being hurt the last two years and just finally being established here in the league for a little bit, I want to find an edge," Wentz said. "Whatever that edge looks like from training, to sleep, to nutrition. You hear a lot of times that other guys, older guys--specifically at the quarterback position do that throughout the years. So for me, that was this offseason, just kind of diving into that. I'm not going to get into the specifics of everything I do, but really trying to look intently at anything I can do to get healthy and then stay healthy for a long time."

When asked if luck was the biggest reason for his injuries over the last couple of seasons, the 26-year-old quarterback said, "I would say true, it's just part of the game."

By Andrew Porter