We’re still waiting for one or two dominoes to fall – including right here in Philadelphia – but the “big moves” portion of the NFL’s offseason is largely over.
Which means it’s time for NFL analysts and experts to start looking in earnest at 2020, including sorting through who we expect to have big seasons.
Over at CBS Sports, Pete Prisco tossed together a tried-and-true list ranking the 100 best players in the league for next season. Six Eagles players landed on the list, a solid representation for a potential playoff team, but there was one glaring ommission that Philly fans probably want to have a talk about:
No Carson Wentz.
The list included 10 quarterbacks, from Patrick Mahomes at No. 1 overall to Kirk Cousins – yep, he’s on the list – at No. 86, but Wentz is left off.
It’s a bold (is bold the right word?) choice that turns downright disrespectful when you scroll to No. 46, where you’ll find Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
Prisco begins his Prescott explanation by citing his nearly 5,000 yards, as if volume stats like cumulative yards indicate a QB’s quality. Prescott had a great 2019 – but so did Wentz, throwing just three fewer TDs and four fewer INTs. Let’s look at their careers to date:
Prescott: 1.51 TD/game, 0.56 INT/game, 7.6 yds/attempt, 65.8% completion
Wentz: 1.73 TD/game, 0.62 INT/game, 6.9 yds/attempt, 63.8% completion
Over the course of a 16-game season, Wentz averages 3.5 more touchdowns and one more interception than Prescott. The completion percentage gap is negligible, and Prescott wins the yards-per-attempt battle, which would likely be much closer if Wentz had been able to make use of deep threat DeSean Jackson for more than one game in 2019.
And these are just the stats. Let’s not forget what Wentz did as a leader of a beleaguered football team en route to an improbable postseason berth, beating Prescott head-to-head, at the end of last season.
Wentz and Prescott are clearly two young and exciting quarterbacks that win games, and who any team would be thrilled to build around. That Prisco put Prescott at No. 46, and left Wentz out of the Top 100, is an obvious injustice, one likely built around perceived injury concerns that don’t align with reality.
For what it’s worth, here are the six Eagles included in the list:
30. Lane Johnson
54. Fletcher Cox
55. Brandon Brooks
68. Zach Ertz
76. Jason Kelce
96. Darius Slay
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