Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz admits he is a bit surprised over the fact that he is entering his fifth year in the NFL as the time has passed so quickly since he came to the league in 2016. Wentz, the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, has been working hard this offseason as he wants to prove the doubters wrong.
"It still seems crazy to say it's my fifth year," Wentz said, breaking into a smile as the next thought popped up, as quoted on ESPN. "Definitely feel like a veteran now." Last year, Wentz arrived to training camp slimmed down as a result of his gluten-free diet and a workout program that focused on mobility and flexibility.
But this year a totally different version of Wentz showed to training camp as the 27-year-old arrived to the team facility more muscular than he has ever been. Wentz, who was having an MVP season in 2017 before suffering a season-ending injury, worked out a lot at his home gym over the past few months.
"The last couple offseasons I was dealing with injuries and trying to bounce back from injuries. This offseason, I was really able to get after it and work out a little harder in the gym and all those things," said Wentz, who was shut down in 2018 with a fracture in his back and the year before that with torn ligaments in his knee.
"I haven't gained anything insane for weight, but I've definitely gained some weight and feel good where I'm at."
Wentz insists he has nothing against Jalen Hurts
The Eagles shocked the football world when they drafted quarterback Hurts in the second round of this past draft, leading to many questions over their belief in Wentz.
"I've been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some really good quarterbacks, and that's not going to change my approach to the game personally or how I help him," Wentz said of Hurts. "I'm going to be here for him, help him to understand the ins and outs of the game and ultimately do what I can to help the team, and that's to help bring him along as well."
Wentz was the No. 1 on the NFL top-100 list in 2018 but now he is outside the top-100. "You've seen me over the years: I usually don't get too caught up in a lot of that stuff. When I see it, I usually wish I didn't see it or hear about it," he said.
"But you can always use anything and everything just as a little bit of extra motivation. So it is what it is, it's voted on by the players. I'm not going to let that cause me to lose any sleep or anything. But I do look forward to going out this year and showing what I can do with my teammates."