Eagles history: Nine memorable games of the Carson Wentz legacy

Carson Wentz #11, Doug Pederson (R), Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Carson Wentz #11, Doug Pederson (R), Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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It only seems right to remember the highlights of Carson Wentz’s time in an Eagles jersey.

It wasn’t all bad, but Carson Wentz’s time with the Philadelphia Eagles left may unsure of how they should feel about his overall tenure. On one hand, he felt like a superhero (for a little while anyway).

Taken second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz would make a tremendous leap in his second season and become the leading candidate for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2017 before seeing his season end with an injury. He’d also lead the Eagles to an NFC East division title in 2019 while becoming the only player in Eagles history to ever throw for over 4,000 yards in a single season.

His 2017 season injury, a torn ACL and MCL led to Nick Foles’ reemergence and Philadelphia’s run to its first Super Bowl win, but the face of the franchise bounced back time and time again, including the aforementioned 2019 season, one that followed a disappointing injury-riddled campaign in 2018 that led to another trip to the injured reserve.

Carson Wentz’s time will the Philadelphia Eagles will continue to be remembered for peaks and valleys (and no playoff wins). He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in the Spring of 2021. He was again traded in the Spring of 2022, this time to the Washington Commanders. This coming weekend’s game offers an interesting dynamic, his first game versus the Philadelphia Eagles since leaving.

Some fans were sad to see him go. Some were overjoyed, but the argument can be made that the Eagles probably wouldn’t have won a Super Bowl without him. On the other hand, there was a significant drop-off in his performance, and being the starting quarterback of a division rival won’t endear him to those who no longer support him.

Carson Wentz truly has had one of the strangest careers of any NFL player. It seems he was a concussion away from remaining the Eagles franchise signal caller (and a loss in Jacksonville away from remaining the Colts starter for 2022), but now he finds himself starting for Washington, now staring down a matchup with the Eagles. As kickoff approaches, there appears to be no better time to revisit some of Commander Carson’s best and worst moments in midnight green as a member of the Eagles.