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Eagles players come to Carson Wentz's defense after hit piece

Eagles players come to Carson Wentz's defense after hit piece

Updated: 10:43 p.m.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was the subject of an article this morning calling out his leadership and blaming him for much of the team's struggles throughout the season.

The fact that this "hit piece" relied solely on anonymous sources raised plenty of questions among the Philly sports community.

Our own Eagles writer Dave Zangaro tackled a number of those issues rather methodically.

But there were plenty of others who took issue with the reporting in the piece. In fact, a number of Eagles players promptly took to social media to denounce it.

Fletcher Cox was the first big name to come to Wentz's defense noting that "we are all behind him 100%."

Offensive lineman Brandon Brooks agreed with Cox's take and backed it up with a rather humorous gif.

Zach Ertz, who was mentioned in the original piece as being targeted too much by Wentz, praised his quarterback as being a GREAT teammate.

Another offensive lineman, Lane Johnson, went the hashtag-fakenews route.

Nick Foles hasn't posted publicly but the third quarterback in their room felt the need to back up Wentz. Nate Sudfeld pointed out he spends as much time with Wentz as anyone and sent a more lengthy note stating that "Philly is lucky to have [Wentz] leading the franchise."

Kamu Grugier-Hill also had a strong response to the story.

As did Malcolm Jenkins, Stefen Wisniewski and Chris Long.

It wasn't only current teammates who spoke out, however, as Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith came to his old QB's defense as well.

We'll update this post as more players react to the latest story involving the Eagles' franchise quarterback.

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NFL free agency 2019: A comprehensive look at Eagles' quarterbacks

NFL free agency 2019: A comprehensive look at Eagles' quarterbacks

Reuben Frank, Dave Zangaro and Andrew Kulp bring back the 2019 edition of Stay or Go, trying to figure out the future of the Eagles. 

We start off with the quarterback position: 

Carson Wentz 

Roob: Not only will he be back, but there’s also no doubt in my mind he’ll be back at an elite level. If Wentz can do what he did this year — 70 percent, 21 TDs, 7 INTs — with a knee that wasn’t at full strength and a broken back, there’s no reason to expect anything less than his 2017 Pro Bowl form with a healthy offseason. I expect greatness from Wentz in 2019.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: I know some fans wanted the Eagles to change paths, but Wentz is their guy. They identified him, moved up to get him and then started him right away. They have never wavered. I still think he’s going to be an MVP in this league. Even if they don’t pay him this offseason, they’re going to at some point. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: Doug Pederson already came right out and said, “Carson is the quarterback going forward,” and for the record, it’s the right call. If a down year is a 69.6 completion percentage, 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 21 touchdowns, can’t wait to see what Wentz has in store for 2019 when he’s actually healthy.

Verdict: Stays

Nick Foles

Roob: I know there’s a growing school of thought that says Foles will decide to stay in Philly and back up Wentz instead of going to a bad team where he has no chance of winning. But I just don’t see it. He’s in his prime. He’s a competitor. He wants to play. He says all the time, “I want to lead a team.” He’ll get that opportunity somewhere in 2019.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: If it was anyone else, I’d say there was a zero percent chance he’d be back. I’ll admit with Foles it’s more than that. But I still can’t see how he comes back next season. It seems like he knows it too. Either he leaves as a free agent or he gets traded to a place he’s comfortable going after playing this chess match with the Eagles. See ya, Nick. 

Verdict: Goes

Kulp: Don’t envision a scenario where Foles returns as a backup. He’ll get the opportunity to start someplace — either Jacksonville or Washington would be my guess — plus the Eagles are up against the salary cap. I wasn’t exactly blown away by his performance this season anyway, so no quarterback controversy here. As far as what happens, Foles opts out and becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Verdict: Goes

Nate Sudfeld

Roob: I think we got a pretty good idea how much the Eagles like Sudfeld when they went into the postseason in both 2017 and 2018 with Sudfeld as the No. 2. If they didn’t trust him, he wouldn’t have been a backup quarterback in a Super Bowl. The Eagles have too many other needs to invest in a costly veteran backup QB.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: He’s a restricted free agent, so the Eagles can make sure he doesn’t go anywhere. They’ll either use an original-round tender or a second-round tender if they think there’s a market for him. Either way, the Eagles like Sudfeld and he’s not going anywhere.

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: The Eagles have been grooming Sudfeld for the backup role the past two seasons. No doubt there will be “competition” in the form of an inexpensive veteran and/or rookie(s), but Sudfeld should be carried by his familiarity with the offense. A restricted free agent with 25 career pass attempts, I don’t anticipate him receiving an offer sheet from another team, either.

Verdict: Stays 

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Nate Sudfeld would take his shot over anybody in Eagles' locker room

Nate Sudfeld would take his shot over anybody in Eagles' locker room

Each week during the season, we’re going through the Eagles’ media guide to find an interesting nugget. 

This week’s chat was with backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld. 

Here it is: 

Me: It says your surprising talent is at Pop-a-Shot. Is that true? 

Sudfeld: I don’t want to brag, but yeah, I am good at Pop-a-Shot. You know, we kind of shoot it different here. We sort of back it up like free throws. I’d take my shot vs. anybody on the team. But in terms of just quick shot I’d take myself. 

Me: OK, who’s second best? 

NS: Rasul is pretty good. Rasul Douglas. JP’s (Jason Peters) not bad. He thinks he’s better than he is. But he’s one of the best trash-talkers. 

Me: Well, that counts. 

NS: Yeah, he can get in your head. Kamu (Grugier-Hill) is solid. I’d take myself first. 

Me: Does that translate to the basketball court? 

NS: We haven’t had a chance for all of us to go play, but I’d take my shot, my three-point shot, my free throw shot off the dribble up there with anybody. In terms of actual basketball playing, too hard to say. I’ve heard great stories about Nick (Foles) and Alshon (Jeffery) and things, but I think I could compete in there a little bit. 

Me: Have you ever seen Nick play? Because it’s a big topic around here. 

NS: It’s lore. I’ve never seen him actually play. But I’ve heard a lot of stories. But probably this offseason, him and I will probably get on the court sometimes. 

Me: Thanks, man. Appreciate it. 

NS: Thank you.

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