Breaking more than a few NFL records last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Carson Wentz was put on the spot by both the team and it’s fans. Drafted number two overall in the 2016 draft class, many expected Wentz to be a consistent presence that could lead the Eagles back to the playoffs. While Wentz played well for most of the season, it really was the rest of the team that let him down in 2016.
However, because Carson Wentz is the quarterback, he took most of the blame from vocal members of the fanbase — and yes, there are people more vocal than normal members of the Eagles’ fanbase. Shocking I know. While some of this blame was earned due to his inconsistent form throughout the season, a lot of it was unwarranted due to the poor play of the skill players around him.
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Suffering from major drop issues at wide receiver and inconsistency in the form of Philadelphia’s backfield, the weight of the Eagles offensive production was placed firmly on the shoulders of Carson Wentz. While Wentz did well in the face of this pressure, the rest of the offense did not, leading to the team missing the playoffs in 2016.
However, the overall case is likely to be different in 2017. Bringing in receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to help lead the offense at the wideout position, the Eagles have also brought in more than a few younger running backs to compete for the starting job. Likely to once again be a committee of starters, hopefully the young blood can keep the team competitive at the position.
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Add into this that the defense should also be improved in 2017 and the Philadelphia Eagles have the look of a potential playoff team this season. If the Eagles do make the playoffs in 2017, it will then prove to the world and the Eagles fanbase that Wentz really is the franchise quarterback in Philadelphia.
Even if the playoff don’t appear in the cards this year, Wentz can still prove that he is the man for the job in Philadelphia. Playing consistently each week and keeping the Eagles involved in every game they play will be huge towards proving himself to the fanbase. By the end of the season, I firmly expect Wentz to not only have proved himself but to also have cemented his status as the Eagles franchise quarterback.