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The Eagles Season Rides or Dies on Carson Wentz

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Philadelphia certainly has made some major acquisitions for the offensive unit over the course of the offseason.

To jumpstart an Eagles running game that had an abysmal showing last year, the team went out and acquired the rights to Pro-Bowler Jordan Howard and drafted  Penn State running back Miles Sanders.

Rookie J.J. Arcega Whiteside and the return of fan favorite DeSean Jackson will serve as solid  compliments in the receiving corps to Alshon Jeffrey and Nelson Agholor. In addition, Zach Ertz will continue to serve as a top NFL receiving tight end and the young up-and-coming talent in Dallas Goedert further solidifies Philadelphia’s offensive air attack as a viable threat to opposing defenses.

With a bolstered running game and a strong receiving corps, what could potentially stall the success of the Eagles this upcoming season?

The answer is quite simple: Carson Wentz.

Although the quarterback claims to be feeling great and there is general optimism about his health based on recent media reporting, there is still a huge cause for concern. 

Wentz has only played one full season during his three years with the team. His second season was cut short due to a torn ACL and his third season was cut short due to a back injury.

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz conversing with head coach Doug Pederson before the 2017 Christmas night game against the Oakland Raiders.

Statistically, Wentz had a great season last year. In 11 games, Wentz threw for over 3,000 yards, 21 touchdowns, and impressively completed nearly 70% of his passes. However, the former first round draft pick looked shaky at times and the aforementioned back injury caused him to cut his season short. The team finished 5-6 under Wentz and if it weren’t for the heroic actions of Nick Foles, Philadelphia would have missed the playoffs.

With the departure of Foles to Jacksonville, Philadelphia lost valuable insurance to Wentz and there is reasonable doubt about whether any of the current Eagles backup quarterbacks can adequately lead the team to victory as well as Foles did if Wentz does indeed get hurt again.

Although Wentz has had significant time to recover and should be much healthier when September rolls around, is his body healthy enough to take on the wear and tear of a full NFL season? 

The health of Carson Wentz is going to determine whether the Eagles are going to be successful or not. The offensive weapons are there but if Wentz is not healthy enough to commandeer the offense or if he gets injured again, the Eagles are going to be in serious trouble for the 2019-2020 season.


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