So, how does the Philadelphia Eagles’ star quarterback feel about that snub?
As the final hours ticked away in what’s been both a humid and a busy July, the local media took some time to pull the Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback, Carson Wentz, away from what’s already been an interesting training camp for the “Birds”.
As you might imagine, many of the expected topics were on the table as QB1 sat down for a virtual presser that lasted about 17 minutes, how he’s taken full ownership of the role of being a leader and how he fully supports Marquise Goodwin’s decision to sit out of the 2020 season for instance. Then, there were a few things that really home.
In addition to giving us his first impression of Philly’s young speedsters, Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins (“They can roll”), QB1 also informed everyone that he’s never questioned JJ Arcega-Whiteside’s work ethic, adding that, after the young wideout got more playing time in 2019, his confidence really grew.
Here’s one that’s been getting a lot of mention though. We’ve seen several reactions on Wentz not being included in the most recent NFL Top 100 Players ranking on the NFL Network, including some heated responses by both ESPN’s Louis Riddick and his colleague Dan Orlovsky, who stated: “This list stinks”.
Has anyone else stopped to ask how Wentz might be feeling? Thank goodness for Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia for asking “11” the question.
Don’t expect the Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller to lose any sleep.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, let’s get you caught up. Every year, as mentioned, the NFL Network releases its Top 100 Players ranking. Carson Wentz has gone from third in 2018 to 96th in 2019 (that has to be the biggest drop in the history of this thing) to, get this, not even being on the list in 2020.
13 quarterbacks made the countdown, including Josh Allen and Ryan Tannehill (neither of which are better than “11”). Five Eagles were included on the countdown, but none in ranked the top 50. Is anyone else demanding a recount? Here’s what Wentz had to say following Reub’s question about whether or not this ticks him off or motivates him.
"You’ve seen me over the years. I usually don’t get too caught up in that stuff. When I see it, I usually wish I didn’t see it or didn’t hear about it, but you can always use anything and everything as a little extra motivation… It’s voted on by the players. It is what it is. I’m not going to let that cause me to lose sleep or anything, but I do look forward to going out this year and showing what I can do with my team."
Truthfully what did you expect him to say? By now, if you’re like most of the Eagles fan base, you are probably under the impression that QB1 won’t be truly appreciated until the Eagles win another world championship with him under center.
For his career, he’s thrown 97 touchdown passes, and he holds the franchise record for the most touchdown passes in a single season with 33. With Doug Pederson pacing the sidelines, with offensive assistants Rich Scangarello and Marty Mornhinweg in the fold, and with all of these new toys on offense, expect “11” to explode, possibly break his own single-season touchdown mark, and add a second straight NFC East title to the “Birds” trophy case. If you’re an Eagles fan, you have to be hoping for a deep playoff run too.