Fly Wentz Fly! Eagles Preseason Football Starts Soon
The City of Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs live and breathe the Eagles, and with the first preseason game coming up in a few days against the Titans, now is the perfect time to get hyped up for the upcoming season.
This season of Eagles football is significantly different than the last two seasons. For one, Nick Foles, the champion quarterback that helped the team win their first Super Bowl win for the 2017 season, is now with Jacksonville. Franchise QB Carson Wentz is now returning for the 2019 season after season ending injuries that left him out of the remaining 2017 and 2018 seasons. The question that all of Philly and Eagles fans across the country are wondering is, How well will Wentz bounce back and will he finally be able to stay healthy this season?
The Eagles have a significant amount of trust and hope in Wentz’s capabilities, committing to him as the starting QB and future of the Eagles franchise with a four-year, $128 million contract. Prior to his season ending ACL injury in the Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz had 3,296 passing yards, 33 TDs, and only 7 INT, with a 101.9 QB passer rating. He was heavily inserting himself into the NFL MVP conversation and even considered at the top by some analysts.
While Nick Foles was the savior for the Eagles throughout the 2017 playoffs and Super Bowl LII MVP, its important to remember the Eagles were 10-2 overall, and had a nine game win streak, consisting of some dominant wins with Carson Wentz as starter. The Eagles were well on their way to making a significant playoff run and Super Bowl push whether or not Nick Foles played Philly’s savior or not.
In order for Carson Wentz to stay healthy and perform well, the offensive line has to do their job to keep him safe. With that being said, the good news for Eagles fans is that, PFF (ProFootballFocus) has named the Eagles OL as top in the league, just ahead of NFC Eastdivision rival, Dallas Cowboys. This season’s lineup looks to be as follows:
- Jason Peters (LT)
- Isaac Seumalo (LG)
- Jason Kelce (C)
- Brandon Brooks (RG)
- Lane Johnson (RT)
Carson Wentz’s health and security is being taken seriously by the Eagles, which can be seen by the Eagles commitment to organizing an elite offensive line. The addition of first-round draft pick OT Andre Dillard shows that the Eagles are making a point to keep Wentz’s blindside protected if veteran pro-bowl tackle Jason Peters were to go down again.
As long as the offensive line can keep Carson Wentz protected and give him enough time in the pocket, he will have plenty of weapons around him to power the Eagles offense. The Eagles added veteran Jordan Howard and rookie Miles Sanders at running back to sure up the position. They also bolstered their wide receiver depth by adding speedy deep threat DeSean Jackson and drafting big-bodied rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who was elite in college at going up and high-pointing any ball thrown at him. With the return of DeSean Jackson and the addition of JJ Arcega-Whiteside, it gives Wentz two more highly-skilled weapons to compliment fellow receivers Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor as well as tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
At the end of the day, the success of the Eagles boils down to good health, team cohesiveness, and of course, some good luck. However, without a doubt, it is Wentz who will be behind the wheel, driving the Eagles to stay in playoff and Super Bowl contention. At this week’s training camp practice, Wentz assessed the offense’s performance commenting, “It’s been solid progression so far. There’s been mistakes made personally. There have been mistakes offensively as a whole. It’s always early in camp, there’s some sloppy play. There’s false starts. There’s this and that, miscommunication. Definitely it’s never perfect, never where we want it to be. But I feel confident in the guys just to keep growing and to keep building from here.”
Stay tuned for the Eagles home opening preseason game on August 8th at 7:30pm EST against the Titans. This preseason, look forward to seeing all of the Eagles new additions, along with who will be replacing Nick Foles as Carson Wentz’s backup. Fly Eagles Fly!