PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) --Other than throwing on the side a bit to warm up the receivers, Carson Wentz and his fractured rib, just an observer at the second to last day of Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp.
But his offensive coordinator says, that shouldn't stunt his progress.
"It's still easy for him to grow. [He's] just got to concentrate and get the mental reps. We're all a big believer in that. You can get the mental reps, you can still get a lot of film study and still be interacting with the players. Maybe even to more of an extent, interacting with the receivers, and talking about what you expect as a quarterback," Eagles Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich said.
One rookie who knows full well what it's like to take mental reps, is Wendell Smallwood. The Wilmington Delaware native is back after missing more than a week with a quad injury and has a lot he wants to show the coaches.
"Just my competitive edge and my toughness, being able to do things out the back field, and most of all, pass protection. I know that was a big question on me, but I just want to go out there and prove I can do it, prove all the doubters wrong," Smallwood said.
The fifth round draft pick has had Coach Dough Pederson's eye since rookie camp.
"He's got to put himself in a position, I'm hoping, to help us this season. I think he's that good," Pederson said.
One thing Smallwood is becoming an expert on is Carson Wentz. After all, the two have no choice but to grow very close.
That's because the two are roommates during Training Camp and other than Smallwood's snoring, he says it's domestic bliss.
Though now that Smallwood is healthy, Wentz is hurt.
"I think it's the room. We're going to have get a different hotel room or something," Smallwood said.