But with the Eagles now preparing to challenge the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, I have made a point to eat as much crow as possible while this season has rolled along. It comes, this time around, with Nick Foles as their quarterback. Then it was back to reality, which for Wentz, the ultimate team player, meant applauding the job his successor has done. It's not easy, not practicing. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks dropped a wide-open corner route that would have been a long gainer at a critical time in the game. "Obviously, you don't get the reps during the season". He's always been a playmaker. You can see him coming into his own in the last couple weeks.
Corey Graham #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by his teammate Malcolm Jenkins #27 after getting an interception during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
But Wentz was clear about damage. Brady, who has been the starter ever since, is attempting to collect a record sixth ring when the Patriots play the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on February 4. Wentz shed his crutch this week.
While the LCL is widely considered the least significant of the three tendons to tear in your knee, the fact that Wentz has two injuries, as opposed to the originally reported one only heightens the concerns that he will not be ready to play in Week 1 of the 2018 National Football League season.
"I'm aiming for Week 1", Wentz told reporters as his teammates continue preparations for Super Bowl 52. "We all we got, we all we need". In his rookie season he cracked a rib in his first half of preseason action.
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Nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, running back/return specialist Darren Sproles, special-teams captain Chris Maragos and kicker Caleb Sturgis sustained season-ending injuries along with Wentz and Jordan Hicks, the playmaking linebacker and quarterback on defense. "Plus Philly has some former Pats on the team that are leaders and know how to win (Long and Blount)".
During his groundbreaking season, Wentz also had six games with three touchdown passes and four games with four touchdown passes.
The additional ligament damage doesn't change much, Wentz said, nor does he believe it will prolong his return to the field.
Heck, at a news conference on Monday, Pederson echoed words Reid has used many times about players: "I want them to let their personalities show". Tom Brady is one.
Foles has spoken about the advice Wentz has provided, just as he did for Wentz when the roles were reversed.
If that's the kind of people he is going to play for, he should at least say something and try to stop it. The hard hit he took in Los Angeles won't his last. People have been asking me if I'm going to learn to protect myself? "As far as playing aggressive and being the player that I am, I won't change".
"Jesus was persecuted everywhere he went", Wentz said. I was exhausted of seeing Patriots fans, who had gotten to celebrate three Super Bowl wins in the previous six years, including one over the Eagles; I didn't really care who they were playing. That starts from the ownership on down. "I'm going to do everything I can to be ready and I'm very confident in that".
But the most important message in Wentz's first 20 minutes with the media since the injury was that the Eagles aren't his team, as much as that might hurt to admit. Twelve months is December.
If that is worth embracing by Reid, there was something for all of us to take away from Foles, who threw for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions in 2013 for the Eagles but lost his way with a bad Rams team in 2015 and still was off-kilter with the Chiefs in 2016.
Wentz basically thinks he can match that.
"It would be awesome", Wentz said.