Comeback Kids: Eagles’ Wentz, Texans’ Watson set social media ablaze with OTA appearances
There might not be an official scoreboard and won-lost record in the offseason, but try telling fans of the Eagles and Texans that they aren’t winning today.
Of course, Eagles fans have been taking well-deserved victory laps all offseason on the heels of their first Super Bowl triumph. But there was a different reason to celebrate Tuesday, the first day of Eagles OTAs.
Carson Wentz, who in only his second season was the likely MVP frontrunner when he suffered a torn ACL last December, looked particularly sleek while performing position drills in a video posted by ESPN’s Tim McManus. Eagles reporters on the scene indicated Wentz’s accuracy and mobility (as seen in this video) both appeared no worse for the wear just more than five months removed from ACL reconstruction surgery.
Meantime, Deshaun Watson, whose transcendent start in the NFL was halted last November by a non-contact ACL tear sustained in practice, reportedly looked good in his first return to the field viewed by the media. Watson confirmed as much, saying, “my knee feels good. I feel well,” according to Wilson.
The calendar reads May 22, and players won’t don full pads, never mind begin to take part in contact drills, for two more months. Still, Tuesday provided photo and/or video evidence that two of the game’s brightest stars at least appear on the right path in attempting to regain their past form.
For Wentz, that included tossing 33 touchdowns — second in the NFL, despite playing less than 13 full games — and upping his passer rating by more than 22 points and his yards per attempt nearly a point and a half from his first to second season. And Watson took the league by storm like few rookies before him, standing toe to toe with Tom Brady and Russell Wilson on the road en route to a magical 21 total touchdowns vs. just nine turnovers in less than six full starts.
There’s a long way to go, but Tuesday marks an exciting checkpoint. And, frankly, in addition to Eagles and Texans fans, all fans of the NFL win when these two exciting playmakers are healthy and on the field. It’s no wonder, then, that a couple grainy videos and photos taken in mid-May would generate this much excitement. Football is almost back — and that hopefully means Wentz and Watson are, too.