In two weeks, the Eagles will report to training camp, unpack a heavy trunkful of great expectations for the 2019 season, and start practice on July 25.
Right now, though, quarterback and Carson Wentz and his receivers have reported to Houston, where they will work out together and bond for several days. This isn’t unprecedented, of course. Two years ago, Wentz entertained his receiving corps in his home state of North Dakota.
Last year such a gathering could not take place since Wentz was still fully engaged in rehabbing two surgically repaired knee ligaments.
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It isn’t exactly clear yet which receivers are joining Wentz in Houston, but an Instagram photo of Mack Hollins and Wentz playing ping-pong surfaced on the account of Nelson Agholor on Wednesday.
Some of the tight ends could also be headed to Houston, though the attendance of Zach Ertz might be dicey since he is likely continuing celebrating with his wife Julie Ertz and the rest of the U.S. women’s soccer team which just won its second consecutive World Cup title last weekend in France.
Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Joshua Perkins, and Will Tye are the other tight ends on the team’s 90-man roster.
As for the receivers, it is a crowded lot, and includes the big four of Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Agholor, and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
Jeffery and Agholor were among the group who went to North Dakota two years ago, along with then-Eagles wide out Torrey Smith and Shelton Gibson, who remains on the roster, but is coming off a rather nondescript spring.
Jackson attended most of the Eagles’ voluntary spring practices and has, so far, demonstrated that he wants to work on being a team leader by improving an attitude that, in his previous stint with the Eagles, left a lot to be desired.
Wentz and Jackson seemed to develop instant chemistry during OTAs and minicamp, but Jackson is also a father now and may opt to remain with his family in Los Angeles.
Hollins hasn’t participated in a full practice since last summer, but did make into some individual drills this spring. Whether or not he will be fully healthy in two weeks remains to be seen.
Others receivers who had strong springs included Marken Michel, Greg Ward, and Charles Johnson. Others on the roster are Devin Ross, Carlton Agudosi, DeAndre Thompkins, and Braxton Miller.
Ward was included in the North Dakota trip in 2017.
The union between QB and his pass catchers this week comes at a time when right tackle Lane Johnson said of Wentz during a recent interview on The NFL Network, “I just think he’s really on a different mental state than he’s ever been as far as training and ignoring distractions and really trying to be the best player he is. I see a guy who is about to do some big things this season.”