Members of the media might want to proceed with caution when
trying to pin down Chip Kelly on the Eagles’ draft plans. He might just put you
on the spot.
Kelly held his first official practice as the Eagles head
coach on Tuesday, the big story from which was Michael Vick and Nick Foles
split most of the first-team reps at quarterback. But during the ensuing press
conference, questions about practice soon gave way to inquiries about players
in this year’s draft, at which point Chip turned the tables on one unsuspecting
reporter, Jeff McLane of the Inquirer.
“Is there a can’t-miss prospect?”
“Who would you take?”
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McLane eventually spits out Eric Fisher, the offensive tackle out of Central Michigan, as his choice at number four. You better be right, Jeff, or
Chip’s never gonna let you live this down.
But after several minutes of interrogation, Kelly did
eventually reveal the name of a player he likes in this year’s draft: Player Z
from Mars. No doubt Z is suddenly rocketing up draft boards around the NFL, but unless
Jeffrey Lurie went along on the official visit, our analysis is this was your
classic example of a smokescreen.
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Carson Wentz is in his second NFL season, but he could already be on his way to his first MVP award.
At least, he's now the favorite.
The Eagles' starting quarterback is now the favorite to win this year's NFL MVP award, according to Bovada. Wentz is just ahead of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Here's the top five:
1. Carson Wentz: +175
2. Alex Smith: +200
3. Tom Brady: +400
4. DeShaun Watson: +1,000
5. Russell Wilson: +1,200
Basically, this means that a $100 futures bet would win $175. Since Wentz pays out the least, he's the favorite.
It's no surprise Wentz and Smith are atop this list. They have both led their teams to 5-1 records (tops in the NFL) through six games.
Wentz has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,584 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 99.6. He's well on his way to becoming the first Eagles quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in a season.
The last (and only) Eagles player to win an MVP came during the 1960 championship season, when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin took the award.
The last player to win the MVP award in his second NFL season was Kurt Warner in 1999. But Warner had a long road to get to the NFL and was 28 years old in 1999. Wentz is just 24.
Vegas isn't alone with the Wentz hype. According to Dick's Sporting Goods, the Eagles' quarterback has the best-selling jersey of all NFL players. In another few months, those people might have the jersey of an MVP winner.