The Eagles are in the middle of their OTA’s, with the mandatory mini-camp set for next week. There have been positive reports on many players so far this spring, but one VERY notable player hasn’t looked good and it’s at least a little bit alarming.
No need to sound the alarm (yet), but Carson Wentz has not looked good at all. Yesterday, the defense really handled the offense overall, but Wentz in particular looked bad.
2. Carson Wentz might want to forget this day. He and the offense struggled throughout. Maybe it had something to do with the defense pushing the envelope, but the quarterback had trouble hooking up with his receivers. He had eight straight passes during one 7-on-7 set that were incomplete, although two were dropped. He overthrew a covered Alshon Jeffery and threw low to a crossing Darren Sproles, safety Malcolm Jenkins broke up a pass to Zach Ertz, Jalen Mills knocked a toss to Torrey Smith away, and Wentz threw too inside to Trey Burton. The drops came when Wendell Smallwood looked away on a short flick and when Nelson Agholorcouldn’t hang onto a BB in the back of the end zone.
3. Other Wentz lowlights: He tossed an ill-advised bomb to a covered Jeffery that cornerback Patrick Robinson easily knocked away. He threw an interception right into the hands of linebacker Najee Goode. He was nearly picked off when he went to a not-even-looking Sproles in the flat. Wentz connected with Agholor on a 50-plus-yard “touchdown,” but the ball was short and was caught only after the ball was tipped into the receiver’s hands. Wentz’s best moment came when he lofted a strike to a crossing Ertz. It’s way, way, way – WAY – too early to hit the panic button on Wentz. But he hasn’t been sharp – at least for the last three practices I’ve attended. The Eagles still have one more OTA and three minicamp practices next week before breaking for the summer.
It seems like a lot of what’s going on with Wentz is mental. He’s tweaking his throwing motion and right now he’s not comfortable with everything. You’d obviously rather have him looking great and clicking on all cylinders, but as I mentioned above, no reason to panic. Yet.
One Eagles player who has looked good? Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 8, 2017
— I haven’t written about Jeremy Maclin and his chances of coming back to Philadelphia, but I definitely discussed it on the air. He’s not going to be an Eagle and there are multiple reasons for that. Doug Pederson discussed it today with the media and he didn’t beat around the bush on the subject.
— Zach Gelb (@ZachGelb) June 8, 2017
Maclin is a good player and should help whatever team he joins, but with the cap situation and the number of wide receivers that they already have on the roster, it just doesn’t make sense from either perceptive. Seems like it might be coming down to Buffalo or Baltimore. I’d love to see him with Joe Flacco and the Ravens.
— This is uncalled for. People love picking on Eagles fans
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