'This is home' says Wentz on bringing Eagles receivers to Fargo
FARGO—Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a quick response when asked why he brought wide receivers from the Eagles to Fargo to train.
"This is home," said Wentz, the former North Dakota State star quarterback.
For the second straight day, Wentz and Eagles wide receivers were running drills at the NDSU practice field Tuesday, July 11, for about two hours. On Monday, the receivers were out on jet skis on Pelican Lake near Pelican Rapids, Minn.
"Carson is like the president around here," Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith said.
Current NDSU starting quarterback Easton Stick was helping out with drills Tuesday. With most of the Eagles wide receivers on the field, they needed another arm. Stick showed no nerves throwing to players like Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor.
"One arm for nine guys, Carson can only throw so many. Doing a little bit of relief pitching," Stick said. "It's just good to be around some of these guys, and obviously seeing professionals and how they go about their business. It's cool. Obviously, it's a different speed, so I'm learning to play faster and things like that. I'm out here having fun and everyone is just playing. Now's the time to work on stuff and experiment a little bit, so I'm not nervous."
For Stick, Wentz still is a teammate and a friend, and not so much an area presidential candidate.
"It's weird because I know him on a personal level, and our team knows him," Stick said. "He's not a celebrity or anything to us. It's weird how the perception and stuff has changed, but he hasn't. All these guys are incredibly humble and down to earth and have been easy to talk to."
Wentz is using this trip as a way to get to know the new faces on the Eagles like Jeffery and Smith, who were key signings in free agency.
"We got almost all the receivers out here this summer, so it's exciting," Wentz said. "They all flew in and were like, 'What the heck is this place? What's going on?' but they love it. They love it. We've had some fun, got a lot of good work in so far. It means a lot that we got this many guys to come out. I think it's a big part of building this chemistry. We got a number of new faces, some younger guys, some veterans, some free agents we signed. Just building this chemistry in the offseason is a huge part of it."
Stick sees the visit from the Eagles as visual proof big goals can be attainable, regardless of where you play.
"It's really cool," Stick said. "We play good football here, and we come out and guys get to see and watch and understand that there's a difference, but the gap might not be as big as everyone thinks. It's motivation or just little things you can learn and bring back to what we're doing here."
Wentz had another quick answer when asked what he wants the first-time visitors to learn about Fargo.
"It's a beautiful place and the people here are amazing," Wentz said.