The Philadelphia Eagles just began their 2019 OTA practices on Tuesday. The practice sessions were open to the media and just as a reminder, these workouts are non-contact, meaning players are no wearing any pads, so these are no full-blown practices quite yet.
Prior to practice, Doug Pederson stated in an interview that Wentz wasn’t going to be limited in practice. And truth behold Wentz was a full participant on Tuesday, which is very encouraging for fans to see this early on. Wentz was also no longer wearing the knee brace that he sported at this time last year. It was always clear he didn’t like wearing it, considering how he’d often adjust it and how much it hindered his mobility. Based on what reporter in attendance stated, Wentz was getting the ball out quick and accurate all day so a great showing from 11 on day two of OTAs.
Several veterans are skipping the voluntary workouts but most notably is Safety Malcolm Jenkins. Though Jenkins himself hasn’t explicitly voiced displeasure, there’s obvious evidence to suggest he’s not satisfied with his current contract situation. He’s currently the league’s ninth highest paid safety in terms of annual value at $8.75 million. The final two years on his current contract contain base salaries of $8.1 million and $7.6 million with zero dollars guaranteed. Based on this I can see where Jenkins incoming from and I do believe after the year he had last year for this team. Whose secondary was so depleted that he was the only original member of the team there at the end, he should get paid for what he’s worth to this team.
The most significant thing is that Big V is getting first-team guard reps with Brandon Brooks still recovering from a ruptured Achilles. It seems like Big V, not Stefen Wisniewski — could start the season between Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson if Brooks isn’t ready to play right away. Also, in case, anyone may have forgotten D-Jax is back. Though Jackson did not break off any big plays quite yet, these Quarterbacks are over the moon about Jackson’s return and can’t wait to get it going and let him do his thing.
It will be interesting to see how some of these storylines play out. The 2019 Eagles are coming into camp, for the most part, healthy and beaming with confidence. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.
Remaining offseason workout schedule
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 22-23, May 28, May 30-31, June 3-6.
Mandatory Minicamp: June 11-13.