PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles began organized team activities Tuesday and head coach Doug Pederson had some good news prior to practice. There will be no “holding back” franchise quarterback Carson Wentz throughout OTAs.
This comes just one week after Coach Pederson said he was unsure of Wentz would be ready for the opening of OTAsREAD MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer Joseph Marion Charged After Punching Man During April Fight
“Carson has no limitations,” Pederson said during a press conference. “He’s been working with the guys all offseason and we’re looking forward to these next 10 practices with him.”
Wentz who took all of the first team reps, practiced Tuesday without a knee brace says he is excited to be back out on the field and “to see what the future and season has in store.”
“I feel great and as you guys saw today there’s no limitations out there,” Wentz said. “So I’m out there doing team drills, doing all that stuff which seemed like it was awhile for me. I feel really good going forward, obviously I’m cleared and ready to roll.”
Wentz’s health has been in question after a back fracture in December sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
He says he has been taking better care of his body this offseason by looking at nutrition and different training techniques, in hopes to stay healthy.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Shot While Reportedly Playing With Guns In Olney Basement Dies, Suspect In Custody, Philadelphia Police Say
“You see athletes, they have their method and find what works for them with nutrition, diet and sleep being a big part of that,” he said. “Personally, I think that will help moving forward with staying healthy and longevity and everything.”
Pederson says while OTAs are not training camp or the regular season, it is the time to “get everybody on the same page.”
“I do think it’s important that [Wentz] is there working with the guys, so that’s why I’m excited he gets a chance to do that,” Pederson added.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins has also been in the spotlight after reports say he was not present for the start of OTAs but Pederson says he isn’t worried.MORE NEWS: Panel To Consider Pennsylvania House GOP Objections To School Mask Order
“I’m not going to get into any personal conversations we’ve had but it is a voluntary program,” Pederson explained. “Malcolm is one of those guys that is a leader on the football team and you know, [I’m] not concerned with him and we are going to keep our focus on the guys that are here and get better today.”