Zach Pascal is on the practice field and feeling good, and you can appreciate that so much more when you understand where he had been during the first week of Training Camp when he was sidelined with food poisoning from a chicken quesadilla gone wrong.
"Last couple of days it was rough. I wouldn't wish this on no man at all," said Pascal, who spent four days in the hospital to take care of his illness.
Pascal, signed in free agency after four seasons and 150 receptions for 1,888 yards and 15 touchdowns with Indianapolis, is hopeful to give the Eagles an experienced player who brings depth, toughness, production, and versatility to a wide receiver room that has so much promise. Pascal earned it with the Colts the hard way after signing as a non-drafted player in 2018 and he's looking forward to earning his way here.
There is still a ways to go here as Pascal is still working his way back from the 16 pounds he lost during the illness. He said he "felt great today" on the practice field on Saturday, so it's one step at a time after this. Pascal knows the offense as he and Head Coach Nick Sirianni worked together with Indianapolis, so when he was sidelined it was just a matter of staying the course, gaining back his health, and staying on top of things with his iPad nearby.
"I feel good. I'm trying to make sure I can take care of what I can take care of, and that's my body to get to where I was," Pascal said. "That's my focus, and getting back to the practice field."
Pascal's role is to be determined, but it's always been that way with him in his NFL career. He is here to continue working and learning the offense, sharpening his game and contributing in any way he can.
"I'm not tripping. I'm just trying to make sure I get my body back, continue to build connections with the guys, and be a part of this team for real," he said. "I just have to keep working and I'm going to do that."