OTD in Eagles History: Carson Wentz Makes His NFL Debut
Four years ago today, Carson Wentz took the field for the first time in his NFL career. Squaring off against the Browns, he led the Birds to a 29-10 victory. Wentz completed 22 of 37 passes, totaling 278 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Since his debut, Wentz has proved he can lead a team to the playoffs, but has been plagued by the injury bug late in all three attempts. Still, he has put up statistics that no other QB has done in their career, check this fun fact out:
While his numbers are impressive, his career has been engulfed in debate ever since the Eagles won their first Super Bowl. In the midst of an MVP-caliber season, Wentz tore his ACL, calling for backup QB Nick Foles to step in and finish the season. Foles marched the Eagles through the playoffs, ultimately resulting in a parade down Broad Street. Even after Foles' incredible run, the Eagles had faith in Wentz, naming him QB1 the following year.
Again, Wentz led the Birds to the playoffs, only to be injured again late in the season, allowing Foles to take charge. However, the Eagles lost in the Divisional round to the Saints. More than proving he could lead a football team, the Eagles allowed Foles to sign as QB1 with the Jaguars.
Just a few months later, in June 2019, Wentz signed a contract to stay with the Eagles for another four years, locking him in as their starter.
The following season Wentz, with absolutely no support from his receivers, found his way to his first playoff start. However, just about halfway through the first quarter of his postseason career, he took a nasty hit to the back of the head, ending his season early once more.
Now, as the Eagles gear up for kick-off against Washington, they will be led by Carson Wentz, who is 3-0 in season openers and undoubtedly carrying a chip on his shoulder.
Will this be the season Wentz becomes finally plays a full playoff game? Wins an MVP title? Takes the Birds to another Super Bowl?