Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Friday that he's "highly encouraged" by QB Carson Wentz's progress as he rehabs last year's torn ACL and LCL. "He's making progress each day, and we just continue that process, and he continues to throw and get stronger," Pederson said. "It's a fine line, too, this time of year, of maybe trying to do too much, too soon. But our guys are on top of it, he's on top of it, he's managing it extremely well." Wentz has been throwing to teammates on the practice field but hasn't yet been medically cleared to do more than that. He's aiming for a Week 1 return, although Pederson isn't making any promises. "I'm not going to rush him out there. I'm not going to expose him," Pederson said. "He'll be ready when he's ready, and when we feel he's ready. Right now, we're encouraged with the progress he's making."
Eagles QB Carson Wentz said Monday that his "goal is to be ready Week 1" as he recovers from last December's torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. "Rehab has been great," he added. "It's quite the process. So far everything is going well." Even without setbacks, Wentz is right up against it with the 2018 campaign kicking off just about 9 months after his injury. He won't do much in training camp, is unlikely to get any preseason reps and shouldn't be considered a lock to be out there for the opener. Wentz is coming off the board as QB5 in the middle of the 8th round in recent best-ball drafts.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz revealed on Friday that, in addition to the ACL, he also tore the LCL in his left knee. He had both ligaments surgically repaired on December 13 -- 3 days after going down vs. the Rams. Wentz said that the 2nd ligament tear doesn't impact his recovery timeline and that he expects to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. "I feel very confident, I truly believe, my goal is to be ready for Week 1," he said. "I’m going to push and do everything I can to be ready, and I’m confident in that."
Eagles HC Doug Pederson confirmed on Monday that QB Carson Wentz has a torn ACL and is done for the season. It's a brutal end to a breakout season for the 2nd-year QB. He finishes with 3,296 passing yards, an Eagles-record 33 TDs and just 7 INTs. He added another 299 yards on the ground. Wentz is sitting 2nd among QBs in fantasy points. He'll have almost exactly 9 months to get ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. His rehab will obviously be 1 of the biggest storylines of the offseason. Philly, meanwhile, will roll with QB Nick Foles the rest of the way. The 28-year-old has 36 starts under his belt and sports a career 60.5% completion rate, 7.2 yards per attempt and 56:27 TD-to-INT ratio. It's also worth noting that Eagles HC Doug Pederson was Foles' QB coach during Foles' first 2 NFL seasons. He'll be a QB2 option the next 2 weeks in favorable matchups against the Giants and Raiders. But the Wentz loss is still a significant downgrade for this Eagles offense.
The Eagles are "concerned" that QB Carson Wentz tore his left ACL in Sunday's win over the Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Wentz is undoubtedly scheduled for further testing, but docs can often diagnose ACL injuries in the locker room. If confirmed, Wentz's 2017 season would be over and Philly would turn to QB Nick Foles. The 6-year vet has plenty of NFL experience and fared fine in relief of Wentz today, completing 6 of 10 passes for 42 yards. It'd still, of course, be a significant downgrade for the Eagles offense.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered a left knee injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Rams. He remained in the game to throw a TD to WR Alshon Jeffery, but Wentz then headed back to the locker room and was ruled out for the rest of the game a short while later. QB Nick Foles will finish out this game for Philly. We'll pass along an update on Wentz when we get one.
The forecast for today's 49ers-Eagles game calls for an 80% chance of rain with winds of 15-17 mph. That's certainly enough to impact at least deep passes and kicks. We've adjusted our projections for this game. Check 'em out in the Week 8 Rankings.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that the Eagles have reached a 1-year deal with WR Alshon Jeffery worth $14 million. The fact that he settled for a 1-year deal suggests that teams weren't keen on committing long-term money to the former Bear. The 1-year term can only help the motivation for a player's whose drive has been questioned since he was entering the league. Jeffery just turned 27 in February and should be in his prime. He has delivered quality fantasy numbers when healthy but lost 11 games to injury over the past 2 seasons. Carson Wentz looks like an upgrade over the QB collage that piloted a sluggish Bears pass offense through last season, and Philly ranked 6th in the league in pass attempts. The overall target picture looks nice, but Jeffery will need to compete with WR Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz for top honors. Wentz, meanwhile, has seen significant upgrades to his pass-catching corps on the 1st day of the 2017 league year. He could challenge for fantasy's top 12 at the position this year.
The Eagles have agreed to a 3-year, $15 million deal with WR Torrey Smith. Philly trotted out 1 of the weaker WR corps in the league last year, with no field-stretching presence. Smith will change that. He owns a career 17.0 yards-per-catch average with 25 receptions of 40+ yards across 6 seasons. Smith struggled the past 2 years in San Francisco but remains just 28 and will get much better QB play in Philadelphia. We'll see exactly how the WR depth chart shakes out with Smith, Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 314 yards, 1 TD and an INT in Sunday's loss to Washington. He threw 19 of his 32 completions to TEs, including a team-high 10 to Zach Ertz and 7 to Trey Burton. Wentz isn't a strong fantasy football option the rest of the way, but he should do OK for Ertz and WR Jordan Matthews in an offense that's stronger when RB Ryan Mathews plays. (He returned Sunday.)
Eagles LT Jason Peters left in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game at Seattle to get X-rays on his injured left forearm. We'll see if he returns. Losing the veteran star would deal a big blow to QB Carson Wentz's blindside protection as well as an already volatile running game.
Update: Peters returned in the 2nd quarter after his X-ray came back negative.
The forecast for today's Vikings-Eagles game calls for winds of 20-30 mph with gusts of 40+. That's certainly enough to impact the passing and kicking games. Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are the only guys from these passing games you should have been considering anyway. All 4 do enough short-range stuff to stay in fantasy lineups. Vikings-Eagles has an over/under of 39.5, the lowest of the week.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz will have no limitations "playbook-wise" in today's opener against the Browns, according to insider Mika Garafolo. That's a good start for the 1st-round rookie. But the bigger concern is lack of reps. Wentz spent the early summer working as Philly's 3rd-string QB and then saw action in just 1 preseason game. We'll be keeping a close eye on Wentz -- his rushing ability gives him fantasy upside -- but wouldn't want to be using him in lineups today.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson named QB Carson Wentz his Week 1 starter. The rookie completed 12 of 24 passes for 89 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT in his 1 preseason appearance. He fractured a rib in that game and hasn't done much in the 3 weeks since. Wentz has an intriguing blend of size, athleticism and arm talent, but expect plenty of growing pains. He's only worth rostering in 2-QB leagues and shouldn't be in Week 1 lineups. The Browns defense, meanwhile, is on the streaming radar for the opening week.
According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Eagles are planning to start Carson Wentz Week 1 if healthy. Wentz only appeared in the 1st preseason game due to a rib injury. Ready or not, the Eagles seem poised to let their 2nd overall pick play right away. Wentz should certainly be owned in 2-QB leagues.
The Vikings have acquired QB Sam Bradford from the Eagles in exchange for a 2017 1st-round pick and a conditional 4th-rounder in 2018, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's an aggressive move from a Minnesota team that's in a championship window right now. Bradford certainly isn't an All-Pro, but he's certainly an upgrade over Shaun Hill. We'll see if Minnesota can get Bradford ready for its opener in just 8 days, but he obviously won't be a Week 1 fantasy option. The Vikings will remain a run-first team, so Bradford will struggle to ascend beyond QB2 territory. His arrival is good news for RB Adrian Peterson, WR Stefon Diggs and the rest of Minnesota's skill-position guys. Meanwhile, Bradford's departure from Philadelphia figures to speed up QB Carson Wentz's debut. The rookie is still recovering from his rib injury and is a long shot to be under center Week 1. But we'd bet on him being there by October. QB Chase Daniel figures to open the season as Philly's starter.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered a hairline rib fracture in Thursday night's preseason opener, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie is expected to be ready before the start of the season but will miss valuable practice reps and preseason snaps. Wentz took multiple big hits in that exhibition against the Bucs and will need to learn to better protect himself. QB Sam Bradford remains the heavy favorite to open the season as Philly's starter.
Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice says "there's a very good chance (QB Carson) Wentz won't even dress on game day" this fall. That looks like more of an opinion/projection from a writer than a report from any team source, but Kempski seems pretty plugged in and attentive to what goes on with the Eagles. Philly's QB situation will continue to develop through this summer, but the money spent on Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel in the offseason suggests the team would like to see them carry the position in 2016 and allow Wentz to come along relatively slowly.
Eagles QB Sam Bradford has informed the team that he'll report for this week's workouts, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. So ends Bradford's 2-week "holdout." Upset with Philly's selection of QB Carson Wentz, Bradford will now need to hold off the rookie for the starting job. While the Eagles are publicly calling Bradford their 2016 starter, Wentz is a good bet to make starts at some point this season. Neither guy is worth a pick in redraft leagues.
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