Quarterback Carson Wentz isn’t assuring anything just yet, but the North Dakota State University product is quite confident the Philadelphia Eagles could be the franchise to dominate in the NFC Eastern Division in 2017 NFL Regular Season.
“We have high expectations around here,” quarterback Carson Wentz said on Thursday, July 13, during an interview on 94 WIP, per CSNPhilly.com’s Dave Zangaro. “We hope and we expect to be playing into January and then to see what happens. I think that’s the biggest thing.”
Although the Philadelphia Eagles went 7-9 losing streak during Wentz’s rookie season, the organizayion upgraded their receiving unit in a massive way with the acquisitions of wide receivers Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and rookie Mack Hollins.
With all that being said, those three professional American football players alongside wide receiver Jordan Matthews, tight end Zach Ertz and a rushing rotation that includes running backs LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey, the Philly’s offense stands to take a leaf forward a season after the team averaged 22.9 points per game (16th in the league).
The arrival of sure talents will also help quarterback Carson Wentz’s individual progression after drops chipped in a misleading completion percentage in the recent season, according to Pro Football Focus:
Carson Wentz was more accurate on targeted passes than his completion percentage would suggest as a rookie pic.twitter.com/oO7TkQX1Fq
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) July 8, 2017
However, ascending to the top of the NFC East division won’t be that easy.
The Dallas Cowboys opened as +115 favorites to capture a second consecutive NFC East crown, according to Odds Shark sportsbook. The rest of the sportsbook projects the following: New York Giants (+250), Philadelphia Eagles (+400), Washington Redskins (+400).
“We’re the Dallas Cowboys,” second-year rookie quarterback Dak Prescott said at the ESPYs on Wednesday, July 12. “We’re gonna win the NFC East.”