“Yeah, I’m gonna sit down and talk to him,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson told ESPN about his rehabbing quarterback Carson Wentz. “Longevity’s everything in this business. Learn from the best. Learn from Tom Brady, who got hurt early in his career. And learn from guys that have done that and yet still went on to have great careers and long careers.”
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You can see why Pederson wants Carson to aim high!
Brady tore his ACL in the 2008 opener and missed the rest of the season. He has won two Super Bowls and a pair of league MVP awards in the years since. Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer are other examples of quarterbacks who found success after suffering similar injuries.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says the injury has not impacted the level of optimism the organization has regarding Wentz’s future.
“We’ve got one of the very best young quarterbacks in football, in every way,” Lurie said yesterday. “A dynamic leader, tremendously talented, great personality, wants to win so bad. Just everything you’d want.”
Pederson reiterated that he is “very encouraged” with how Wentz’s rehab is going.
“I need him ready for Week 1,” he said.
“He can get the work done in practice, quite honestly. He did it his first year, you know? So we’ll see where it’s at when we get there. It’s hard to speculate on that but I just know Carson and how well he’s going to work and prepare and be in position to be [successful]. He doesn’t want to go out there and not be ready.”