ESPN: Wentz, Jenkins and Ertz Shaping the Future NFL
ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano included Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz, safety Malcolm Jenkins and tight end Zach Ertz in his 100 QBs, coaches, issues and decision-makers that will shape the NFL over the next three to four years.
Graziano chose Wentz as one of the 24 quarterbacks on the list.
Imagine being as good as Wentz is and living in the shadow of your backup. Nick Foles' legacy in Philadelphia is locked in if he never throws another pass as an Eagle. Wentz was on an MVP track before he got hurt in 2017 and Foles led the team to a Super Bowl title. He'll burn to win one of his own.
The Eagles traded multiple picks in the 2016 draft to select Wentz and he stepped in and started right away, starting all 16 games that season. But the last two seasons haven ended with season ending injuries, paving the way for two fairy-tail runs by backup Nick Foles, including a Super Bowl victory and Super Bowl MVP award. Wentz finished the season with 3.074 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
Graziano also chose safety Malcolm Jenkins and tight end Zach Ertz as two of the 31 playmakers that will affect the the NFL in the coming years.
To the chagrin of some, Jenkins has become the leader of a players coalition that has decided to work with NFL owners on criminal justice reform issues. Jenkins has managed to use his platform to get some of his initiatives passed, and he'll continue to speak out on the issues behind player protests, even as such protests fade.
Since Chip Kelly signed Jenkins before the 2014 season, he has been one of the leaders of the Eagles defense, along with one of the leaders of the players coalition, working with NFL owners on criminal justice reform issues.
Ertz set a tight-end record for catches in a single season with 116. Whether it's Carson Wentz or Nick Foles at QB, it's clear the star tight end is the focal point of Doug Pederson's Philadelphia offense.
Drafted by Chip Kelly in the second round of the 2013 draft, Ertz became a record setting tight end this season, grabbing 116 regular season passes. Overall, in 18 games, Ertz grabbed 126 passes for 1,265 yards and eight touchdowns.