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With Carson Wentz's status uncertain, Eagles rookie Clayton Thorson tries to learn quickly

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First-round pick Andre Dillard and second-round pick Miles Sanders on their first days in Eagles' un Martin Frank, The News Journal

PHILADELPHIA — Eagles coach Doug Pederson wasn't providing much clarity on Carson Wentz's rehab from a stress fracture in his back – or the quarterback's availability for organized team activities, which begin May 21.

Pederson would only say that Wentz had been taking part in Phase 2 of the offseason program, which began April 29. That consists of on-the-field drills like running and throwing. Phase 2 does not consist of team drills. 

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But as the Eagles began a three-day rookie minicamp Friday (Wentz, obviously, can't participate), that was about as far as Pederson would go.

Philadelphia Eagles' Clayton Thorson drills during rookie camp at the NFL football team's practice facility, Friday, May 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Photo: Matt Slocum, AP)

"Not going to get too specific or detail a lot of the things," Pederson said. "But he’s been working. I'm encouraged by his progress and where he’s at. Just looking forward to the next few weeks with him."

When Pederson was asked if Wentz, who was sidelined last December with a stress fracture in his back, will be taking part in the OTAs later this month, he replied tersely: "How does that pertain to rookie minicamp?"

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The quarterbacks who are on the field for the Eagles' rookie minicamp this weekend are fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson, from Northwestern, and free agent signee Luis Perez, who played in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football this spring.

Thorson said he's ecstatic to get a chance to take the bulk of the snaps this weekend, something that will change whenever Wentz is cleared to take part in team drills. Backup Nate Sudfeld will get his share of snaps, too.

But Thorson said the coaches will work with him even when the veterans report for the OTAs.

"From what I’ve heard, even when (Wentz and Sudfeld) are here, (the coaches) are still working one on one with me and trying to develop me," Thorson said. "I think that's really cool. ... I just view it as a great opportunity to learn from those guys. They’ve been here for a while. Carson is the guy. To learn about this offense from a guy who’s an MVP candidate every year is such a good opportunity for me."

The Eagles don't have an experienced backup behind Wentz. It's assumed that Sudfeld, entering his third season with the Eagles, will be the backup. Sudfeld has thrown just 25 passes in his career.

That's fine with Thorson.

"They’re young, but Carson has played a lot of ball, and Nate has been at a couple of places," Thorson said. "I’m going to learn a lot from those guys and Coach Pederson, who’s obviously been around. I think it’s a big advantage for me."

Thorson has a long ways to go before he can challenge Sudfeld for the backup quarterback job. This is his first experience on the field, and there's a lot for him to learn in a short amount of time.

But Thorson did start 53 games at Northwestern, beginning his freshman year. That included games against current Eagles players from the Big Ten conference, such as Penn State's Miles Sanders and Shareef Miller, the Eagles' second and fourth-round picks two weeks ago. Sanders is a running back, and Miller a defensive end.

"Me and Shareef were unfortunately pretty familiar," Thorson said with a laugh.

When asked if Miller sacked him, Thorson replied: "He did, yeah. He was sure to remind me of that (Thursday) when I saw him. He was a beast."

Pederson detailed what Thorson is going to learn this weekend.

"From the quarterback position, it starts in the huddle," he said. "He’s got to be able to get the play. ... He’s gotta process it; he’s gotta call it in the huddle, get the guys to the line of scrimmage, the cadence, how well he processes the defense.

"If it’s a play where we have multiple options, how well he can process that? And listen, the things we do at this level, a lot of these college guys, especially at the quarterback position, have done. It’s just a matter of picking up the terminology, being able to do that in the huddle setting with different guys.

"That, to me, is the importance of this weekend, to kind of get his feet wet. And Luis as well."

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Carson Wentz met with the media after the Eagles opened their voluntary offseason workout program Monday. Martin Frank, The News Journal

For the first day, Thorson made an impression on the other rookies. That included wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, the Eagles' second-round pick. 

"He's a really good, really accurate quarterback," Arcega-Whiteside said. "I think the best thing about Clayton is that he's not trying to bullet (the ball), but he's not trying to be reserved either. He's just being that calm, collective guy."

Pederson: Dillard not moving

Pederson said he relishes the idea of cross training offensive linemen, mentioning left guard Isaac Seumalo as someone who has played guard, tackle and center since the Eagles drafted him in 2016. 

He said he would work Halapoulivaati Vaitai at both left and right tackle, as well as Australian Jordan Mailata, who is entering his second season.

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But when asked if he would consider doing that with first-round pick in left tackle Andre Dillard, Pederson was more definitive: "Andre is different. We’re trying to get his feet wet, in the playbook and get him moving around. At this time, we’re going to keep him where he’s at and let him play there."

The Eagles, after all, see Dillard as Jason Peters' successor, perhaps as soon as the 2020 season.

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The Eagles had 50 players on hand for their rookie minicamp this weekend. The list included their five draft picks, 11 undrafted free agents, five players with one year of experience signed as free agents and 29 players on a tryout basis.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.

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