There has been a lot of chatter revolving around #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles. After back to back years in which he suffered season ending injuries, Carson Wentz is looking to get himself on track in 2019 and lead the Eagles back to the promised land.
The feelings around the sports world are mixed when it comes to the former #2 pick. Some feel as though his inability to stay healthy should prompt the Eagles to replace him as the franchise QB while others view his talent as something you can’t let go.
Below are some reasons why Carson Wentz is indeed the franchise QB and will be one of the league’s best next season.
1. New Weapons
The Eagles offense was revamped quite a bit from a season ago which should benefit Wentz greatly. DeSean Jackson and rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside are the new additions in the receiving core, while Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders should improve the run game tremendously. Wentz should also expect WR Mack Hollins to make a return after missing the entirety of the 2018 season.
Early into the offseason, the Wentz-Jackson connection is one of the main conversations in town. The two have apparently been lethal early on which bodes well for their production in 2019.
2. Full Offseason
With his past injuries, this will be Carson’s first full offseason since after his rookie year where he followed up with MVP caliber play in 2017. Working with the 1st team offense and developing a rapport with them before heading into regular season play is highly important.
With months of prep, you could expect Wentz to come out firing into the 2019 campaign.
3. He Wasn’t That Bad
The narrative for Carson Wentz last season was that his “poor play” stemmed from an unknown back problem. The thing is, his play wasn’t that poor. In fact, if that’s the worst we’ll see from Carson moving forward, every Eagles fan should be ecstatic.
2018 Season (11 games):
3,074 passing yards
Yes, he missed some key throws late in games but overall, Carson was having a Pro Bowl worthy season before being shut down in week 12. The fact that the team wasn’t winning (5-6 record) was the main proponent for this narrative, not Carson’s actual play.
4. Extra Motivation
Carson has all the reason to perform at the pinnacle of his abilities this season. For starters, he’ll be out to prove the doubters wrong as there are some people in the media/fan base that think the Eagles would’ve been better off with keeping Nick Foles at the helm.
Wentz will also be entering his contract year, which tends to be a big time production year for many players around the league in seasons’ past.
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Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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