Wentz joins elite company with 1st Pro Bowl nod

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Wentz joins elite company with 1st Pro Bowl nod

Nine days after his season ended with a torn ACL, Carson Wentz was officially recognized as one of the NFL’s best when he was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

Wentz, 11 days shy of his 25th birthday, joins Drew Brees and Russell Wilson as the NFC quarterbacks. He was the leading vote recipient among the three NFC quarterbacks.

Wentz is the fourth different Eagles quarterback named to a Pro Bowl team in the last decade, following Donovan McNabb, whose final Pro Bowl came in 2009, Michael Vick in 2010 and Nick Foles — the Eagles’ current quarterback — in 2013.

No other team has had more than two Pro Bowl quarterbacks during that span.

Wentz went 11-2 in 13 starts and broke Sonny Jurgensen’s 56-year-old franchise record of 32 touchdown passes in a season on his final pass of the season — a TD to Alshon Jeffery against the Rams.

He finished the season with a 60 percent completion percentage, 33 TDs and seven interceptions, 3,296 passing yards and a 101.9 passer rating.

Wentz joins Brett Favre, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan as only the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 32 TD passes in a season with seven or fewer interceptions.

Among quarterbacks with 1,000 or more career pass attempts, Wentz now ranks seventh in NFL history with a 2.01 interception percentage (2.01 every 100 attempts), a fraction behind former teammate Sam Bradford (1.97) and a fraction ahead of Foles (2.02). His TD percentage (4.68) is 17th best in NFL history.

Wentz is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history in the top 20 in both INT and TD percentage. The others are Rodgers, Brady, Derek Carr, Wilson and Foles.

Wentz opened the season with six touchdowns and two interceptions in the Eagles' first four games before really heating up and throwing 27 touchdowns and five interceptions in the next nine games.

Only Brady, Rodgers and Brees have also thrown 27 or more TDs and five or fewer INTs in any nine-game span in NFL history.

Wentz goes into 2018 with an 18-11 career won-lost record. He's already the seventh-winningest quarterback in franchise history and with two more wins will pass Bobby Thomason and Norm Van Brocklin and tie Vick and Roy Zimmerman and trail only Norm Snead (28), Tommy Thompson (38), Randall Cunningham (63), Ron Jaworski (69) and McNabb (92).

Wentz takes a streak of 15 consecutive games with one or more touchdowns and one or fewer interceptions into next year. That's the sixth longest such streak in NFL history and six shy of the record of 21 set over the 2015 through 2017 seasons by Ryan.

Wentz was one of four first-time Eagles Pro Bowlers announced Tuesday evening. Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz also received the honor for the first time (see story).

Other Eagles quarterbacks who've made the Pro Bowl team are Thomason (1953, 1956), Adrian Burk (1954, 1955), Van Brocklin (1958, 1959, 1960), Jurgensen (1961), Snead (1965), Roman Gabriel (1973), Mike Boryla (1975), Jaworski (1980), Cunningham (1988-90), McNabb (2000-04, 2010), Vick (2010) and Foles (2013).

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Nick Foles leads entire NFL in player sales merchandise this offseason

Everyone knows the plan is for Nick Foles to eventually head back to the bench in favor of Carson Wentz.

Apparently, Eagles fans just didn’t care.

Because when the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list for the first quarter of 2018 was released on Thursday, Foles was right at the top for all officially licensed merchandise from March 1-May 31.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Nick Foles
2. Tom Brady 
3. Carson Wentz
4. Saquon Barkley
5. Dak Prescott
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Ezekiel Elliott
8. Jimmy Garoppolo
9. Odell Beckham Jr. 
10. Derek Carr

That means the NFC East took six of the top 10 spots, which is pretty wild.

But it’s even crazier to think that Foles went from starting last season as a backup to having more products with his likeness sold this offseason than any other player in the league, including the guy whose job he took and who is expected to take it back. He also beat that guy who didn’t catch a pass in the Super Bowl.

We definitely saw a Super Bowl spike in this list, starting with Foles, who led all players in photography products sold. I guess everyone wanted an image of him catching the football on the "Philly Special" or perhaps something with the now famous photo of Foles with his infant daughter. On the previous list from last year (from March 1, 2017-Feb. 28), Foles was at No. 22, so we should have seen this coming. Wentz held steady at No. 3, despite the injury and missing the Super Bowl.

Here’s every Eagle on the new list with their ranking on the last in parenthesis:

1. Nick Foles (22)
3. Carson Wentz (3) 
13. Zach Ertz (17)
33. Alshon Jeffery (43)
34. Brandon Graham (N/A)
46. Fletcher Cox (N/A)

The only Eagles player to drop out of the top 50 is Jay Ajayi (45), who is entering the final year of his current contract.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Foles can stay at or near the top of the list, especially if he starts the season on the bench. But based on the way most Eagles fans have celebrated the win in Super Bowl LII, Foles merchandise isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon.

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Roob Knows: Reminding you how good Carson Wentz is

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Roob Knows: Reminding you how good Carson Wentz is

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank reminds fans of how good Carson Wentz is; despite the magical run from Nick Foles, don't forget about Wentz. Alshon Jeffery's impact goes well beyond his statistics. An unbelievable stat on Zach Ertz. And why Brian Dawkins is a truly unique athlete in Philadelphia sports history.

2:00 - Don't forget how good Carson Wentz is.
4:30 - Alshon Jeffery's value.
9:30 - Unbelievable Zach Ertz stat.
13:00 - Brian Dawkins' route to the Hall of Fame.
18:00 - Dawkins is a unique Philly sports figure because everyone adores him.

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