Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the Philadelphia Eagles in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
QB Carson Wentz
Yes, he was the second overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft. But Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz also plays in a division that features Eli Manning (New York Giants), Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins) and Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys).
So why do we expect to up his performance this fall? A numbers of factors are in his favor. And at the top of that list is the fact that the young signal-caller knows the job is his. As you will recall, Wentz saw limited action last preseason as the Eagles’ prepared Sam Bradford for the upcoming season. The latter was suddenly dealt to the Minnesota Vikings, who lost Teddy Bridgewater in last August to a severe knee injury.
Suddenly Wentz was the Week 1 starter vs. the Cleveland Browns. And after three games, the Eagles were 3-0 and their rookie quarterback had thrown five touchdown passes and the team had not committed a turnover. But during the club’s 4-9 finish, the young passer threw for 11 scores while coughing up the football a combined 17 times.
Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles have some new weapons that join running backs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, wideout Jordan Matthews and tight end Zach Ertz. The additions of wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, as well as the inking of running back LeGarrette Blount, gives this team a lot more options. And a greater opportunity for their second-year quarterback to make a major leap.