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Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

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Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

It turns out winning the Super Bowl is pretty good for business. 

The NFLPA on Friday released its top 50 player sales list from March 1-Feb. 28 and the Eagles were the most represented team on the list, with five players ranking in the top 50. 

3. Carson Wentz 
17. Zach Ertz
22. Nick Foles
43. Alshon Jeffery
45. Jay Ajayi 

This list is a combined total of all officially licensed merchandise, not just jerseys. It shouldn’t be surprising that Wentz is near the top of this list, behind just Tom Brady (1) and Dak Prescott (2). Even though he was injured late in the year, he was having an MVP season before going down and is obviously the Eagles’ quarterback of the future. 

But Foles making the list at 22? That’s pretty impressive. Remember, for most of the 2017 season, Foles was just a backup on a two-year deal. He had to make a heckuva comeback once he took over for an injured Wentz and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. Foles returned to the top 50 list after two years off of it. 

Weirdly, Foles sold more drinkware product from Wincraft than any other player — 10 times more than any other player!

And there are likely a lot of Eagles fans walking around the city with players on their legs. Five of the top 10 sellers of Strideline socks were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Ajayi and Jeffery. 

Only Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. sold more in Fathead decals than Wentz. 

Here’s the top 10: 

1. Brady
2. Prescott
3. Wentz
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. Antonio Brown
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Beckham Jr. 
8. Russell Wilson
9. Rob Gronkowski
10. Derek Carr 

Carson Wentz fought back against jealousy toward Nick Foles

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Carson Wentz fought back against jealousy toward Nick Foles

Was he jealous? Was he envious of Nick Foles? Carson Wentz doesn’t exactly say yes. But he doesn’t say no, either.

“You’ve got to fight that, you’ve got to fight that,” Wentz said Tuesday.

“It’s human nature to want to be on that podium and be the guy. You grow up wanting to be there, but not being able to be up there, there’s nobody I’d rather have up there than Nick.”

Wentz may have been the most valuable player in the NFL, but Foles, his close friend and teammate, is the one with a Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Wentz did everything he could to support Foles once he suffered a season-ending knee injury in early December. And Foles has spoken several times about what a good teammate Wentz was.

But after leading the Eagles to a 10-2 record with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, it wasn’t the easiest thing to watch his backup achieve football immortality with a record-setting run through the postseason.

“It was pretty different but pretty special,” Wentz said. “We’ve become so close ever since he first got here. Developed a real friendship, a real relationship, more than just a working relationship, a true friendship between me and him — and Nate (Sudfeld) as well. So to go through that experience last year was pretty cool.”

For now, Foles is back with the Eagles, and depending on how fast Wentz recovers from his injury (see story), he will either begin the season backing up Wentz or starting until Wentz is ready.

This is unprecedented stuff. No quarterback has ever been a Super Bowl MVP and then been a backup on the same team the next year.

Without the right two guys, it wouldn’t work. It couldn’t work.

But Zach Ertz, who is close to both Foles and Wentz, said their unique relationship makes it possible.

“First and foremost, they have an amazing relationship with one another, and I think their faith is part of their relationship,” he said.

“They’re able to step back and just focus on the team. Both guys have no egos, especially Nick. That guy is as cool as they come. He’s a phenomenal teammate, I think everyone saw that come out last year, his ability even at the beginning of the year, what he was able to do with Carson, kind of helping him out.

“When Carson was playing, Nick would be a sounding board. So the dynamic really hasn’t changed in that regard. Even when Nick was playing, Carson did the same thing for him. So that relationship started to grow last year, and I’m assuming it’s going to be the same.”

Foles has made it clear he wants to be a starter (see story), so this could be a difficult situation. But it won’t be, Ertz promises.

“Nick is not a guy that’s going to demand anything,” he said. “Obviously, he could do some things in the best interests of his career down the road, but right now I mean the guy loves being in Philadelphia and I think he’s really having fun in playing football with this team.”

Carson Wentz 'happy' with recovery, still eyeing Week 1

Carson Wentz 'happy' with recovery, still eyeing Week 1

Now four months removed from his ACL and LCL tear and subsequent surgery, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is pleased with his rehabilitation. 

Wentz, speaking on Tuesday for the first time publicly since Super Bowl week, said he’s begun the “running progression” portion of his rehab and his goal is still to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 season. He doesn’t think he needs to play in the preseason. 

“I’m feeling good with where I’m at and just trying to stay the course,” Wentz said. “Like I said late last season, it’s such a fluid process, it’s so hard to put a timeframe and a timetable on these things. I wish I knew as well. Things are going well and I’m happy with where I’m at.”

A few weeks ago, Wentz sent out a video on social media of him throwing and adding conditioning to his recovery is obviously a good sign. Wentz’s comments on Tuesday reflect what head coach Doug Pederson said last month, that Pederson was “encouraged” by Wentz’s progress. 

Wentz, 25, still declined to go into specifics about a timetable for his return, but did stress the importance of taking things slowly and not trying to return too quickly. 

“It’s part of it. It’s part of the process,” Wentz said. “If something feels really good, I’m like, 'Let’s do it.’ But you’ve just got to stay the course. You’ve seen the horror stories of people coming back too soon and those things. I can assure you that I’ll be smart about it.”

While Wentz’s athleticism made him an MVP candidate last season, there have been plenty of people who would prefer he change his style of play to preserve his body more. While Wentz said he’ll continue to learn how to protect his body, he’s not going to change his style. He said that emphatically on Tuesday. 

Even if Wentz does return for Week 1, there seems to be a decent chance that he might be limited some in terms of his mobility and would then have to alter his style to become more of a pocket passer. Wentz didn’t entertain that thought on Tuesday afternoon. 

“I guess we’ll see when the time comes,” he said. “I think I’ll be fine.” 

Throughout the last few months, while he hasn’t been able to work on his conditioning, Wentz has been in the weight room, working on his strength by lifting and seated throwing. His upper body is stronger these days. 

The closest Wentz has come to discussing a timetable is by now saying twice that his goal is to be ready for Week 1. Everyone else can play the timetable game, but Wentz tries to avoid it. 

“I really try not to, honestly,” Wentz said. “I just try to take it one day at a time. Some days that’s easier said than done. You look at the big picture at times, but right now I’m not going to rush it, I’m going to be smart, I’m going to do everything I can to get back out there and take it one day at a time.”