Carson Wentz’s health is the biggest question on loaded Eagles roster

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Eagles have all the right pieces in place to compete at a high level in 2020, but it all starts and ends with franchise quarterback Carson Wentz.

The 2019 Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East division title with a combination of guys playing out of position, a bit of help and the brilliance of Carson Wentz down the stretch. All of his top receiving targets were banged up by the end of the year, but Wentz willed his offense along with the defense holding up its end of the bargain en route to a playoff berth.

Now, Philly has reloaded going into 2020. Receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are back healthy along with tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert up the seams and running back Miles Sanders holding down the backfield.

First-round receiver Jalen Reagor is expected to get plenty of work in the slot as a rookie. On defense, bringing in defensive backs Darius Slay, Trevor Williams and Nickell Robey-Coleman to ensure the secondary will help plenty with an already dominant defensive front.

While general manager Howie Roseman and HC Doug Pederson have constructed a very talented roster, the Eagles will only go as far as a healthy Wentz takes them. In his first full regular season since his rookie campaign in 2016, Wentz threw for more than 4000 yards along with 27 touchdowns against seven interceptions in 2019.

In 2017, Philly was flying high as Wentz was in the midst of having an MVP-caliber season. Wentz led his Eagles to a 10-2 start, but a torn ACL against the Rams ended his season where Philadelphia went on to win the Super Bowl led by Nick Foles.

In 2018 when the Eagles were coming off of a Super Bowl win, Wentz was banged up throughout the year coming off of ACL surgery and suffered a back injury that shut him down for the rest of the year. Wentz was solid, but he was never truly 100 percent that season.

In summary, Philadelphia has all the makings of a championship team. When Wentz is healthy, he is one of the best in the league at the position. When he is not, the team can pick up the slack, but only go so far with no more Foles. As long as No. 11 stays healthy in 2020, expect Philly to be in the mix for another Lombardi Trophy.

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