On Thursday, the Green Bay Packers take the prime-time stage against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green nation kindly volunteered to answer our questions about the Eagles and provide some insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
APC: Carson Wentz enters 2019 nearly two calendar years removed from the ACL tear that ended his best season to date. In which areas has Wentz look most improved and where does he still show signs of the injury?
Watching Wentz in Week 1 was like watching the 2017 Wentz who was on pace to win NFL MVP prior to getting hurt. He was crazy efficient on third down, just like he was two seasons ago. He was also making life real tough on Washington’s defense by using his mobility to create plays out of structure.
Wentz mightily struggled in the first half of Week 2. He looked banged up and threw what might’ve been the worst interception of his career. Wentz sure wasn’t helped out by the fact that three players (Jeffery, Jackson, Goedert) who combined for 15 receptions, 221 yards, and four touchdowns in Week 1 all inexplicably got hurt during pregame warmups. Wentz bounced back in the second half when the coaching staff had some more time to patch an adjusted game-plan together. Wentz hit Nelson Agholor in stride for a potential game-winning touchdown and Agholor … just … dropped it.
Week 3 Wentz was pretty sharp for the most part. His teammates really let him down once again, though, with seven drops, three offensive pass interference penalties, and two drive-killing fumbles.
So, getting back to your question, I don’t think Wentz is still showing signs of injury. I think he’s looked pretty sharp on the whole. That’s not to suggest he’s been flawless. He’s left some plays on the field. But he’s also had to deal with especially unideal circumstances.
We’d like to thank Brandon. Be sure to check out the rest of our Q&A session with Bleeding Green Nation over the course of the week as well as our Q&A session over there. As always, keep your internet machines tuned to Acme Packing Company this Thursday for our comprehensive game-day coverage of Eagles versus Packers.