Carson Wentz hopeful teams will be able to play full season as training camp continues

Jan 5, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  To play or not to play? That's the question NFL players faced this off-season, and Carson Wentz took his time before formulating his answer.

The Eagles quarterback is at the NovaCare Complex with training camp now underway. NFL players have the option to opt out for the season, and several have already made the decision to stay home. 

But Wentz weighed all of the factors before making the decision to report to camp.

"I think everyone in the back of their mind is wondering," said Wentz. "What does it look like for me safety-wise? What does it look like for my family safety-wise? I was no different. I definitely had to take all those factors in." 

Wentz ultimately made the decision to play. 

The NFL has put a strict list of guidelines in place, protecting its players from the coronavirus, and Wentz believes the league has made the team facility as safe as it can possibly be during a pandemic.

"I feel safe here. I know you never know how this is going fully to unfold, but I feel safe here. It was something my wife talked a lot about and prayed a lot about. We feel good about our decision,” Wentz said. 

One of the players who opted out is Eagles receiver Marquise Goodwin, who Wentz expressed support for, as well as all of the other players who have decided to skip the season.

“You’ve got to take into consideration your family," said Wentz. "It’s not just about you. I completely respect the guys that did opt out and that will continue to opt out.  I'm not surprised by it, just by the state we are living in right now."

Now that Wentz has made his commitment to play, he and the rest of his teammates are hoping they will actually have a season to play in this fall. 

There is still plenty of uncertainty as teams get closer to kickoff, but he remains cautiously optimistic as preparations continue in South Philadelphia.

“I like to look at it as the glass half full," Wentz said. "I’m optimistic that we can execute all the protocols. Guys can stay safe, guys can stay healthy. But I’m also not an idiot. You just don’t fully know how everything’s going to unfold.”