Wentz ‘Excited’ About Adding Talent to Eagles’ Offense
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — When it comes to the power on the football side of the Eagles' organization, it's now a traditional NFL setup with Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas doing the shopping and buying the groceries for Doug Pederson and the coaching staff.
There is one guy, however, that both sides of that equation strive to make happy at all times and that's second-year quarterback Carson Wentz.
The MVP candidate has the Eagles at an NFL-best 7-1 at the midway point and ahead of the sticks when it comes to being a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
So adding talented but mercurial running back Jay Ajayi to the mix is something that Wentz had to be on board with,
“I got a chance to speak with Jay ...He seems like he will be a great fit,” the signal caller surmised before taking the practice field on Wednesday in advance of Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. "I don’t foresee any issues with that."
Miami coach Adam Gase had plenty of issues with Ajayi, however, and that's the reason the Eagles were able to acquire the 2016 Pro Bowl selection at the trade deadline on Tuesday.
Wentz admitted that you don't want to mess with the "mojo" that's been created in Philadelphia but also realizes what adding a talent like Ajayi, 24, could mean for a team already stocked with playmakers.
“You never kinda want to mess with that mojo, so to speak," Wentz assessed, "but I think this move is something that I don’t think anyone is concerned about. We have such good leadership, such good veterans, that if there is any [controversy], that’ll get squished real quick.
"We’re excited. Anytime you can add talent like that, a player of his caliber it's a good thing."
With Denver approaching rapidly on Sunday, Wentz intimated that the upcoming bye week after the Broncos' game with be big for Ajayi and ramping him up to get ready to contribute.
"We’ll see how quickly he picks up on the offense and everything that goes with that," the QB said.
WEDNESDAY NOVACARE NOTES:
-Cornerback Jalen Mills was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his 37-yard pick-six helped break open the game against San Francisco last Sunday. The second-year cornerback continues to be a Jim Schwartz favorite and has been Philadelphia's CB1 for most of the season after Ronald Darby's dislocated ankle in Week 1.
"Jalen is a very, very prideful player," Schwartz said earlier this week. "He wants to be the guy to make the play for us and not like he didn't on the other ones. But that one, in particular, was a huge play in that game. We had battled bad field position pretty much the whole time. It had been back and forth. We had been fortunate to get some stops. I think that was probably the play of the game, get that touchdown. Jalen is playing good, consistent ball for us."
-Slot cornerback Patrick Robinson is already out of the league's concussion protocol and was back on the practice field on Wednesday.
-The Broncos are making a QB change moving away from the struggling Trevor Siemian to Brock Osweiler, Peyton Manning's former backup who left in free agency and flamed out in Houston before returning to Denver after a short stint with Cleveland.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen