Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz voted third best in NFL Top 100

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In only his second season in the league, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been voted the third best player in the NFL.

Though Ben Simmons being named the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year will likely garner most of the headlines in the City of Brotherly Love this morning, June 25th was also a pretty amazing day for the Philadelphia Eagles.

If you’ve been keeping up with the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 list over the last few weeks, you’ll notice one Eagle has been noticeably absent from the player voted list: Carson Wentz.

The unquestioned leader of the team, some wondered just how high Carson would chart after losing almost a third of the season and all of the playoffs to an untimely ACL injury.

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Spoiler alert, pretty darn high.

That’s right, after not even being ranked on last season’s list, Wentz’s peers have voted him the third best player in the entire league, behind only Tom Brady and Antonio Brown.

Now that’s high praise.

Ranking higher than established NFL superstars like Julio Jones, Todd Gurley, Aaron Rodgers, and Von Miller, Wentz’s jumped from zero to hero was pretty incredible, but frankly, something that most of Philly saw coming a mile away.

Tabbed a potential franchise savior by Howie Roseman and the front office, the team traded up twice to ensure they could select Wentz second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, and even though he suffered a minor injury in the first preseason game, the coaching staff obviously felt confident enough in his progression as a player to trade away incumbent starter Sam Bradford mere days before the start of the regular season.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

After leading the Eagles to a slightly below-average 7-9 season as a rookie, Wentz blew up as a sophomore signal-caller, finishing out the season with the second most touchdowns and 19th most yards in the league while only playing 13 games, a pretty incredible feat by any stretch of the imagination.

Though Wentz ultimately didn’t get to lead his team to the NFL promised land and their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history, his unquestioned leadership undoubtedly helped keep the team’s morale high and ensured that his teammates remained confident with his back up, Nick Foles taking snaps from under center.

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A pretty incredible feat for a 25-year-old former FCS quarterback who didn’t receive a single division one scholarship coming out of high school. So enjoy this honor Carson Wentz, I’m sure it’ll be the first of many more to come.