It’s not uncommon for NFL quarterbacks to invite receivers, tight ends and other teammates for midsummer workouts between the end of spring camps and the start of training camp.
Usually, they convene somewhere warm – perhaps also with a nearby beach, nightlife and major city.
During his Eagles career, Donovan McNabb accommodated teammates at his Arizona offseason home. Mark Sanchez set up “Eagles West” camp in idyllic San Diego.
Second-year Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is doing the same this week, bringing his receivers and others to his hometown for some offseason workouts and team bonding.
The big difference? He’s from Fargo.
Yeah, that Fargo – the North Dakotan capital where people have funny Nordic accents and winter temperatures are often in single digits.
It’s probably not as utopian as past midsummer workouts, but the Eagles sure seem to be enjoying themselves.
“We got almost all the receivers out here this summer, so it’s exciting,” Wentz said, according to the Bismarck Tribune. “They all flew in and were like, ‘What the heck is this place? What’s going on?’ But they love it. They love it.”
Just check their social media accounts. Wide receiver Torrey Smith, one of several newcomers on the Eagles, is feeling the Fargo love.
The Eagles have been working out at North Dakota State, Wentz’s alma mater and a 13-time national champion, including five straight FCS titles from 2011-15.
The school and Wentz’s teammates, many of whom are making their first trip to North Dakota, have enjoyed each other’s company.
Thank you very much for making us feel at home ! https://t.co/OF2ghPXo7k
— Nelson Agholor (@nelsonagholor) July 10, 2017
Wentz’s teammates are dining on bison burgers and even relishing in some non-football fun, as shown in this video clip tweeted by wideout Alshon Jeffery:
Jeffery, Smith, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor are among those who trekked to the northern Midwest, along with rookie receivers Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson and Greg Ward, a converted quarterback.
Eagles training camp for rookies and selected veterans starts Monday, July 24, at the team’s South Philadelphia headquarters. The rest of the team reports three days after.
But for now, it’s bison burgers and workouts in the land where Wentz is king.
Geoff Mosher, a longtime Philadelphia sports reporter, is also a host on @975TheFanatic in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @GeoffMosherNFL.
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