Monday Motivation: Carson Wentz is NFL’s top player under 25 years old
The rapid development of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz continues, and now, it appears that he has the attention of “The Worldwide Leader in Sports”.
Maybe it’s because they’ve employed so many people who have irritated us over the years. Then again, it could be because there are so many outlets in which we can fetch our news from. Whatever the reason, the opinion of sports fans about how reliable ESPN has become is split right down the middle. Even still, when they have an opinion, it’s worth checking out. Take what they recently said about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz for example.
Recently, ESPN ran a story naming the top athletes in the NFL who are under 25 years old, and Wentz topped the list. He even beat out one of his contemporaries and rivals, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. What’s interesting is this list was created prior to their first head-to-head meeting of 2017, Week 11’s blowout win in Arlington.
It can be said now with some certainty. If you had your doubts about whether or not the idea had some validity, the Eagles and Cowboys’ first clash of the season went a long way in proving the point. Wentz may be slightly ahead of Prescott in his development.
Let’s go inside the numbers.
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Mike Sando, the writer of the piece, pulled together rankings from four NFL talent evaluators, but most of us just used the eyeball test. The national stage, as it normally has been this season, was kind to Wentz as he went 14 for 27, racking up 168 yards and two touchdowns. Prescott went 18 of 31 for 145 yards and three interceptions.
Last year, as a rookie, Wentz debuted on this list at number 25, and a season later, he’s seen as the best of the four quarterbacks who made the list. It’s hard to quantify how his rapid acceleration took place, but if you’re an Eagles fan, you don’t really care. You just want to see it continue. At this point, there’s no reason to believe that it won’t.
Oh, by the way and just in case you’re interested, one team didn’t have a single player on their roster mentioned. That honor goes to the Cleveland Browns. Imagine that.