Carson Wentz Will Be the Greatest to Wear Midnight Green

10 April 2018 Eagles News Opinion

Oct 23, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts to a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-358949 ORIG FILE ID:  20171023_jtl_sq4_046.JPG

Oct 23, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) reacts to a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports 

Well, everyone, the Spring season of 2018 has begun, and we are only a few weeks away from the 2018 NFL Draft. Most importantly, (sarcasm has never felt so good), the Cowboy enthusiasts and apologists have seemed to simmer down the debate of who will be a more viable starter as an NFL quarterback between Eagles superstar Carson Wentz and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. For those with eyes, the comparison seems moot and unnecessary as the would-be 2018 NFL MVP suffered a late-season injury preventing one of the most dominant post-season runs in NFL history and prohibited the young superstar from allocating one of the most prestigious honors a player can earn as Super Bowl MVP. Carson Wentz is more than just an MVP everyone, he is the future for an organization with a bright path to a dynasty that could last at least a decade, and it is piggybacking off of one of the great young players the NFL has ever seen.

When establishing the main point of this piece, I asked myself, who are the greatest Philadelphia Eagles in NFL history? Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook? Reggie White, Brian Dawkins, Steve Van Buren, or even Chuck Bednarik? While some of these players were in the mix for title contention and consideration of best units for Eagles teams in the history of the franchise, none have had an impact like Wentz has had in his short tenure as a Philadelphia Eagle. This is the opinion of a fan of the organization, so feel free to disagree, but Carson Wentz may end up being the greatest player in Philadelphia Eagles history by the time he hangs up the cleats.

Carson Wentz has already, in his second year as a professional, lived up to the hype as the number 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In 2017, he led the Eagles to a 11-2 record, which is the 12th time the Eagles had eclipsed 11 wins in its 85-year history. As a starter, Carson Wentz also clinched a first-round bye for the Eagles and broke the franchise record for touchdowns in a season. Along with the eclipse of the franchise record, Wentz was in MVP consideration from the Associated Press prior to his season-ending ACL and LCL injuries. This is the first time since 1960 that a Philadelphia Eagle was on pace to win the prestigious award of the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. This is reality. Carson Wentz is capable of being the best player in the NFL on the best team and because of his early inclusion into the mix for the award, one can expect great things from a player who had led his team to the playoffs in only his second season.

Along with his historical feats, Carson Wentz has proven himself as an NFL great with his on-field actions and abilities. When it came to the money-down, (otherwise known as third down), Wentz led in all categories. Third down conversion percentage, third down touchdown rating, third down passer rating, third downs converted by runs, you name it. The dude gets it done when it comes down to extending drives. Along with that, Wentz also led the NFL in touchdown passes before is tragic injury, and only missed out on the passing touchdown leader title by 1 behind Russell Wilson, with 3 less games played. Beyond all of the statistical measures, you can see how the man plays and admire with awe how he stuns the crowd time and time again with his spectacular playmaking ability.

The following compilation is an NFL-made highlight reel of all the spectacular plays Carson Wentz made in the 2017 season.

In the scope of the modern NFL, Carson Wentz possesses all of the requisite skills to be one of the best and he has proven it ever since the opening drive of the 2017-2018 season. With the heavy burden that a 2nd-overall pick carries each year, none has lived up to expectation quite as early or as well as Carson Wentz has. He is a Super Bowl Champion, a considered MVP, a franchise leader in touchdowns, and quite possibly the most talented QB that has been drafted since Aaron Rodgers. Despite the jokes thrown in the direction of the Cleveland Browns, they may have already known how much they may have screwed up when passing on Carson Wentz, and only time will tell if he can continue to be one of the game’s best in a league where some of the greatest to ever play are currently playing. In a league where the GOAT, Tom Brady, the most aggressive thrower and maybe the best arm talent, Aaron Rodgers, both reside, it is time for the young gunner to establish himself, as I believe, as one of the top 5, or even better, players to step foot on an NFL turf on any given Monday, Thursday or Sunday. Philadelphia fans should be as excited for September as I am, and I can’t express enough how amazing it is to see one of the best players in the NFL playing each week, and his name is Carson Wentz.

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