PHILADELPHIA — Talking Thursday about his growth as a frontrunner, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz famous he’s coming into his fifth NFL season, and acquired caught on that thought for a second.
“It nonetheless appears loopy to say it is my fifth yr,” Wentz mentioned, breaking right into a smile as the subsequent thought popped up. “Positively really feel like a veteran now.”
Wanting on the variations between this summer time and final exhibits the accelerated timeline NFL gamers work on, and the way a lot has modified in a calendar yr for Wentz, who abruptly finds himself smack in his prime and with loads to show.
Begin with the bodily. Final yr, Wentz arrived at coaching camp noticeably slimmed down, the product of a refined gluten-free food regimen and a reimagined exercise routine that targeted on mobility, flexibility and vary of movement as a substitute of “the highschool/faculty mindset of simply elevate, elevate, elevate, work arduous, work arduous.”
His residence health club clearly acquired loads of use over the previous few months, as Wentz arrived on the Eagles’ facility this week wanting extra muscular than he has ever been.
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“The final couple offseasons I used to be coping with accidents and attempting to bounce again from accidents. This offseason, I used to be actually capable of get after it and work out a bit tougher within the health club and all these issues,” mentioned Wentz, who was shut down in 2018 with a fracture in his again and the yr earlier than that with torn ligaments in his knee. “I have never gained something insane for weight, however I’ve positively gained some weight and really feel good the place I am at.”
Some have joked that it is only a matter of including “dad energy.” Wentz, who’s 6-foot-5 and was listed at 237 kilos final yr, turned a father in April, an occasion that immediately modified his perspective on life, he mentioned. Wentz and his spouse, Maddie, talked and prayed so much about him returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, and be ok with his choice to play in 2020.
One of many oldest groups within the league began a youth motion this offseason, with veterans leaders similar to security Malcolm Jenkins departing as a brand new wave of expertise arrived. It included Jalen Hurts, the gifted signal-caller out of Oklahoma whom the Eagles shockingly chosen within the second spherical of the 2020 NFL draft. The Eagles stay dedicated to Wentz, however the addition of Hurts brings a brand new dynamic to the QB room, which included Nate Sudfeld, Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson this time final yr. How might it not really feel just like the temperature has been turned up a notch or two?
“I have been lucky sufficient to be surrounded by some actually good quarterbacks, and that is not going to alter my method to the sport personally or how I assist him,” Wentz mentioned of Hurts. “I will be right here for him, assist him to grasp the ins and outs of the sport and in the end do what I can to assist the group, and that is to assist deliver him alongside as properly.”
The brand new wave additionally introduced three velocity large receivers in Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins and John Hightower by the use of the draft. Wentz expressed pleasure about their arrival. And why not? The trio guarantees so as to add an explosive component to an offense that Wentz needed to push like a boulder uphill far too typically in 2019.
Beginning round Thanksgiving final season, proper earlier than Wentz actually acquired that rock rolling, gamers started voting for the 2020 NFL Prime 100 listing, a course of that stretched over six weeks. Wentz was left off the listing. He was No. 96 in 2019, approach down from his No. three end following his near-MVP marketing campaign the yr prior.
It is another factor that can be utilized as gas for what might show to be a defining season for the abruptly veteran Carson Wentz.
“You have seen me through the years: I often do not get too caught up in quite a lot of that stuff. After I see it, I often want I did not see it or hear about it,” he mentioned. “However you may all the time use something and all the things simply as a bit bit of additional motivation. So it’s what it’s, it is voted on by the gamers. I am not going to let that trigger me to lose any sleep or something. However I do sit up for going out this yr and displaying what I can do with my teammates.”