LANDOVER, Md. — Brandon Brooks was marveling about Carson Wentz after the game.
How he could go out and throw for 266 yards, throw 3 TDs and no interceptions and rally the Eagles to a late win in the final seconds for a second straight week.
And how he could do it without Alshon Jeffery, without DeSean Jackson, without Jordan Howard, without Nelson Agholor.
And still not be appreciated?
Because ... because who knows.
I think the thing that’s hard for him,” Brooks said, “is being the face of the franchise and everybody remembering him being the MVP in the 2017 season and that’s the bar that he’s being held to that’s set and it doesn’t matter what he has around him.
Wentz the last couple weeks has played at a high level — granted against losing opponents — while working with a rookie running back and three receivers and a running back who were on the practice squad earlier this year.
No, Wentz isn’t perfect. The fumbles are an issue. He did miss a few open guys Sunday in the first half of the Eagles’ 37-27 win.
But to do what he’s done with what he has around him? Brooks thought it was important to remind Wentz a couple weeks ago that if he's hearing outside noise he needs to ignore it.
I just told him, ‘Don’t ever think that any loss we ever have as a team is solely on you,’ because it’s not,” Brooks said. “The world makes it seem that way because he’s the franchise guy and he’s got all this money and he’s supposed to be X, Y and Z and Foles this, Foles that. But don’t think for a second any loss is all you. Because it’s not. And I just wanted to let him know what he’s been able to do with what he has? He’s been playing well. He’s been balling all season. So it’s really just hat’s off to you. His resilience. His toughness. His mental toughness. You name it.
Wentz was out there Sunday without a single receiver or running back that was in the NFL last year.
That’s not actually true. Josh Perkins caught five passes last year.
But let’s be honest. Wentz is the least of the Eagles' problems.
The last couple weeks, he's made plays and found ways to win game at the end, and he's done it with a bunch of guys nobody had heard of a year ago.
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