If you’re an Eagles fan, look at what this NFL expert said recently.
Power rankings of any kind always whet the appetite of any football fan, and recently, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco dropped his thoughts on the top 100 NFL stars in the game. In the end, five Eagles made the cut. One of the team’s top stars was noticeably absent. You can also make the argument that at least two other “Birds” who were deserving were left off of the list as well.
Let’s see what Prisco had to say about five of Philly’s best players though. here’s a countdown of the guys added and what was said about them.
Jason Kelce (76th)
"He isn’t big or powerful, but he’s smart and athletic, which is perfect for the Eagles offense. He can move for a center and that helps him to stay near the top of the center rankings."
Zach Ertz (68th)
"In 15 games, he had 88 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns – even though he battled a late-season injury. He’s never been a great run blocker, which drops him down some here."
Brandon Brooks (55th)
"This 31-year-old is a perfect fit for the Eagles run scheme. He can push big people, but he’s also athletic."
Fletcher Cox (54th)
"His sack numbers fell from 10.5 in 2019 to 3.5 last season, as his play fell off from his dominant 2018 season. Even so, he remains one of the better interior pass rushers."
"He missed four games last season, and the Eagles offense struggled without him. He’s a really good run blocker, but he’s also good in pass protection."
No one will argue that each of the players that were mentioned is deserving. We’re talking about 17 Pro Bowls and five First-team All-Pro nods between them, but did anyone else notice one name was noticeably absent? Carson Wentz isn’t even on the list. How is that possible?
Maybe it’s that thing about not winning a playoff game and being injured more times than we’d like to count, but that shouldn’t disqualify him of a top-100 nod, or should it?
Miles Sanders, who proved he’s one of the game’s best dual-threat running backs in his first season, and Brandon Graham, who’s seemingly always the most forgotten of the Eagles defensive playmakers, are also absent.
You can argue for and against those last two, but Wentz’s omission is laughable. Let’s dig into that one a little further.