Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Burning Questions Following Week 2 Loss vs. Buccaneers

Philadelphia Eagles, Carson Wentz
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No. 1: How healthy is Carson Wentz?

Wentz’s journey to stardom is well documented across the football world. After tearing his ACL, Wentz has worked hard to get back onto the field. Regaining the trust of his coaches has been difficult, battling egos and precautionary measures. Finally, he has been cleared to start for Philadelphia’s third game, against the Colts.

Starting their star may be a more difficult decision than some have anticipated. Foles has been average, and some are willing to stick it out with “Saint Nick” as long as it is necessary. Contrarians could cite the lack of offensive production as a key reason to bring Wentz back.

Moreover, we do not know exactly how healthy Wentz is. In his first game back, the Eagles will have to game plan around running the ball and getting the ball out quick, keeping Wentz safe. Also, deeper passes put more stress on the lower body, to generate velocity, and any negative feedback from his leg will have negative consequences. This gives Indianapolis a strategic advantage and Wentz’s performance will suffer.

Similar to the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson, Wentz might not trust his leg very much yet, so more difficult throws will look even harder.

 

Should he even be starting?

Furthermore, another game-planning issue is Wentz’s mobility.

Depending on his health, No. 11 could be rolling out and moving the chains or sitting in the pocket praying that the line will hold up.

Yet again, his health will have a direct impact on Indianapolis’s game plan.

Without the athleticism he has when healthy, Wentz’s impact on the game is not as significant. It is an element to his game that is fragile, yet paramount. Philadelphia’s star quarterback’s health will say a lot in terms of the box score. Managing this risk will be arduous, but extremely necessary for Pederson and Eagles.

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