Eagles QB Carson Wentz hyped for opener, but trick will be not to be too hyped
There’s no doubt Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will be fired up on Sunday when the regular-season begins with an NFC East game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field.
He didn’t play in the preseason, which means his last game came last Dec. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. It was after that game when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back, which ended his season.
And for those with short memories, Wentz did not get to run onto the field for the opener last year as he continued his rehab from offseason knee surgery.
“It’s going to be exciting, just like every single week one or first game,” said Wentz between practices on Wednesday. “It’s always a lot of fun being at home. It always creates even more excitement running out of that tunnel. To our fans, I know how electric it’s going to be at 1 o’clock on Sunday. It gets me real excited.
“I feel more than ready. The offseason has been great, preparation, everything. It’s all there. We’re ready to go. Just trying not to press, just play ball and be myself again. I’m excited to do that Sunday.”
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The danger in being too amped, obviously, is that can lead to a mistake because there is a tendency to try to do too much.
That’s where head coach Doug Pederson comes in.
“My message to him and really to the team is, let the offense work for you, let the team work for you,” said Pederson. “Don't feel like you have to do things yourself. You just got to let those guys (around Wentz) work. Same on defense. Let the defense, let the scheme sometimes take over where you don't feel like you have to do everything yourself.
“Make the plays when they come to you. Don't go searching for them, right? That's when you get out of alignment, that's when you miss an assignment, you line up wrong. When they come, you make them. That's all it is with Carson. Even though he touches the ball every down, just make the plays when they come, use the guys around you, and don't feel like you have to do it yourself.”
Wentz will have two new rookie weapons at his disposal: running back Miles Sanders and receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
“I’m excited for them to finally get their feet wet and get a real taste of the NFL,” said Wentz. “I remember my first time playing as a rookie, and just all the excitement and emotion that went into that. I’m excited for them to experience that. I think they’ll help this offense tremendously.
“Will it be Week 1? We’ll find out. But I think they’ll both bring an element - Miles to the running game, a dynamic playmaker that just looks different back there. I’m excited to see him get the ball in his hands. JJ, just big play ability, the big frame and catch radius that he presents. I’m just excited for both of those guys to get out there.