By Steve Kelly
Eagles coach Doug Pederson wanted rookie quarterback Carson Wentz to be involved in meetings and the game plan while his fractured rib will continue to be monitored on a daily basis.
“He’s day to day,” Pederson said before practice today. “We will test him a little bit today, getting him throwing a little bit. It’s one that I am not going to rush back.”
Wentz could be getting close to returning to the practice field soon. He said being able to practice essentially comes down to his pain tolerance. Wentz was on the field throwing briefly before last Thursday’s preseason game in Pittsburgh.
Having been a former NFL quarterback, Pederson has a unique perspective because he suffered the same injury during his playing days. Pederson can relate to the pain that is caused when trying to throw a football while having a rib injury.
“I know that injury can be a little discomforting, but at the same time, I want to see where he is at,” Pederson said. “We are still trying to get him ready for the last preseason game.”
The last preseason game would give Wentz an opportunity to see extensive live game action. There is no substitute for that. The practice reps are good to get in, but the action in practice is nowhere near as intense as game day.
Since Wentz is likely to be inactive for a good portion of the regular season, it is important to get him on the field for the last preseason game against the New York Jets. Wentz has been gaining a lot when it comes to mental reps as well as learning in the classroom.
Getting out there on the field and executing what he has learned is the ultimate test. Going through his progressions, while maintaining the mechanics that have been tweaked can be difficult when a live pass rush is coming.
Although the plan is not to play Wentz during the 2016 season, there will likely be a point that he has to take the field.
Given Sam Bradford’s injury history, that moment can happen at any point in the season. Wentz will have to be ready to answer the call when his time comes.