Eagles Preseason Thoughts 2019 – Carson Wentz
Matt Finocchio - Head Writer
It’s the most obvious statement ever, but it must be said; Carson Wentz is the key piece to the Eagles’ Super Bowl dreams. Without the security of Nick Foles coming in to play hero, the success or failure of the 2019 season will balance on the health of Carson Wentz.
I, for one, am extremely eager to watch Carson’s season unfold, and am expecting to see the MVP-esque Wentz we all saw during his sophomore campaign.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one with lofty expectations; the Eagles organization is all-in on Wentz – in addition to letting Foles walk, Wentz was rewarded with a four-year, $128 million-dollar extension this offseason. This contract feels like a win-win for both parties and will look like a straight-up bargain for the Eagles if Wentz stays healthy.
Besides his new contract, Wentz has plenty of other reasons to be happy; this offense is the most talented the Eagles have assembled during his tenure in Philly. The addition of DeSean Jackson should give Carson the deep threat that Mike Wallace was supposed to provide last year and newly acquired RB Jordan Howard should provide consistency in the run-game that was often lacking in 2018.
In the draft, the Birds added an explosive running back in Penn State’s Miles Sanders and a large/physical receiver in Stanford’s JJ Arcega-Whiteside. I expect both rookies to contribute this year, especially Sanders, who I predict will be the team’s leading rusher come December.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the team still has: Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Corey Clement, and Darren Sproles. That’s a lot of weapons at Wentz’s disposal.
By all accounts, Wentz has looked great so far during training camp and is already taking advantage of all the talent that surrounds him, including connecting early and often with DeSean Jackson. Furthermore, many are reporting that Wentz seems a bit more relaxed and playful than last year when he was constantly fielding questions about his rehab, and often seemed frustrated with the constant media focus on his health.
A healthy Carson Wentz should lead to double-digit wins, a playoff berth, and hopefully a deep playoff run for the Eagles. There’s no reason to think that this team can’t represent the NFC in the Super Bowl provided he plays all 16 games.