Written by: Joseph Mooney
291 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception through only 3 quarters was the last time Eagles fans saw the talented Carson Wentz at peak form. That was Week 14 of the 2017 NFL season, and we all know what the Philadelphia Eagles went on to do after the tragic injury to their franchise quarterback. Following the game against the Los Angeles Rams, MRIs revealed Carson Wentz had suffered a torn MCL and LCL in his left knee. Prior to his injury, Wentz threw for 3,296 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions, was the frontrunner to win the 2017 MVP award.
After successful knee surgery and missing the first two games of the 2018 season, Philadelphia hopefuls believe that Wentz would bounce back even better than before. After playing only 11 games in 2018 and posting a 5-6 record, Carson Wentz was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back, ruling him out for the rest of the season. In those 11 games, Wentz was on pace to post similar numbers to the year prior, throwing for 3,074 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
As we approach the 2019 season, Wentz is already being mentioned as an MVP candidate, along with the NFL’s best- Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Donald, and Andrew Luck. Not only does Wentz have a lot to prove after signing a massive four-year, $128 million extension, but he still needs to prove himself to the die-hard fans of Philadelphia. While he does have the support of the city, Wentz has the support of the entire organization, especially after the off-season additions of running back Jordan Howard, former Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson, and a favorable schedule. Wentz has no excuse why he can’t win the MVP award this year and lead the Philadelphia Eagles to another Super Bowl run. Philadelphia will only go as far as their healthy star allows them. Hopefully, he fulfills what many think the young quarterback can be, an elite player in the NFL.
In 2019, you can expect to see a healthy Carson Wentz, one who is comfortable facing the pressure from defensive linemen along with the creative schemes opposing secondary’s may create to contain this high-flying Philadelphia offense. Being sidelined for the only Super Bowl win in the organization history not only made Wentz hungry to win his own but humbled him as he had to show great leadership qualities to guide Nick Foles and the team through a long and intense road to Minnesota. There is no doubt Wentz plays with heart and passion; the 6’ 5” quarterback has ever characteristic any organization would want for their quarterback of the future. This season isn’t only going to be about Carson Wentz, but it’s going to be about the team’s success week in and week out lead by the franchise quarterback.