Remembering 2 former Eagles who thrived in A.J. Brown’s number 11 jersey

A.J. Brown #11 (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Carson Wentz #11, Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Despite how things ended, Carson Wentz had a nice run with the Eagles.

There was some back and forth early, but these days, it’s hard to find an Eagles fan that isn’t thrilled with Carson Wentz being long gone. Let’s be fair though. Let’s not forget how good he was (for a little while).

Wentz, a North Dakota State Bison product, was selected by the Eagles as the second-overall selection during Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft.

His best season has been discussed often. In 2017, threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also led the team to an 11-2 record before tearing his ACL versus the Rams game in Week 14.

Nick Foles gets most of the glory for the Eagles Super Bowl-winning season (as he should). He beat the greatest quarterback, coach, and dynasty in NFL history, but without Wentz setting the table, it probably doesn’t happen.

Things shifted after 2017. Wentz dealt with injuries in 2018, and they eventually ended his season prematurely. He returned in 2019 and played in all 16 games, becoming the first quarterback in franchise history to throw for 4,039 yards in a season. Meanwhile, he wasn’t getting much help.

Despite a 4,000-yard passing season, none of his receivers eclipsed 500 yards receiving. That’s also a first. Carson led the Eagles to an NFC East division title and another playoff appearance in 2019, but he left the Wild Card Game with a head injury.

2020  was a roller-coaster ride. Carson’s play was inconsistent. His leadership was, again, questioned, and eventually, he was benched for Jalen Hurts. We all know how things ended.

The embattled quarterback was traded to the Colts. He only lasted one year and is now a ‘bridge’ for the Washington Commanders.

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Regardless of how things ended, Wentz left the Eagles with some parting gifts. His trade added capital that they’re still benefiting from today. If that’s his legacy, then, so be it, but time heals all wounds. One day, we’ll be able to look back and remember the good times.

Trust and believe. We saw a lot of them while Carson was here. He definitely brought some dignity to the number 11 jersey.