At his press conference shortly after the Eagles acquired him in a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DeSean Jackson was asked about his new quarterback, Carson Wentz.
“As far as him being a young quarterback, having the world in his hands, I saw what he did as a rookie, unfortunately he took that injury, but obviously (Nick) Foles came in and won a Super Bowl, but seeing what (Wentz) did that year, obviously, he has an arm out of the world, he can throw the deep ball, very smart, very agile, he’s a good quarterback,” said Jackson. I can’t wait to get with him and workout with him in the offseason.”
The veteran receiver was true to his word.
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He attended the voluntary spring workouts, including OTAs.
Wentz said prior to the draft, and about a month after the Eagles landed Jackson that Jackson “can still run like the wind.”
Well, it’s not always throwing it as far as the wind can blow, but Wentz has been shown the ability to do that quite often during OTAs and minicamp.
The connection Jackson and Wentz made was evident in the practices in which the media was allowed to watch.
The chemistry these two have exhibited on passes short and long, especially long, was probably my biggest takeaway of the spring.
At 32, Jackson didn’t have to show up. Several other Eagles veterans took advantage of the word voluntary and stayed away.
“It's a complement to DeSean for spending the off-season here and getting to know Carson not only personally, but on the football field,” said head coach Doug Pederson. “Just even some of the extra time they've spent after practice working some routes and doing some things to be on the same page. So still working through some things with those two, but made a lot of progress this spring.”
Expect that progress to continue to the point where, “Wentz-to-Jackson,” is something Eagles radio play-by-play man Merrill Reese says over and over again this fall.