Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been vocal about the possibility of being drafted in the first round.
The team is on the verge of a potential playoff push with a chance to win a division title, but Wentz is also excited about the prospect of being able to compete for a Super Bowl.
“Yeah, I think that’s something that we’re excited about,” Wentz told The Associated Press in an interview.
“We’ve just got to be realistic, but I think we’re pretty damn close.”
Wentz said the Eagles are “excited” about being able the team’s No. 1 pick and could be a legitimate contender if they’re able to keep Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick, in the fold.
But that hasn’t stopped the quarterback from talking about the league’s current state of the NFC East.
The Eagles are 8-4, but with the Cowboys having clinched a playoff spot, that would mean the Eagles have a better chance of making the playoffs this season.
“I think it’s probably one of the best divisions in the league, and the way that we play is very consistent and very consistent with us,” Wentzen said.
Wentzen, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal this offseason, is one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history to record three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. “
And I think the way the Eagles play right now, it makes me feel like we’re a top 10 team.”
Wentzen, who signed a four-year, $60 million deal this offseason, is one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history to record three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
He also set NFL records with 1,003 passing yards in 2014 and 1,087 rushing yards in 2015.
He was the NFL’s MVP in each of those seasons.
“If you look at the numbers and look at how we’re playing, it really gives me confidence,” Wentzens quarterback said.
The No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft has already been named to the All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl.
His production this season has been impressive, but he hasn’t been able to win over the Eagles brass with his performance.
“He has the ability to be a guy that you can just feel good about, and that’s the biggest thing for me,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.
Pederson noted Wentz doesn’t necessarily need to prove himself to the Eagles, saying the quarterback is a competitor and has proven himself to teammates in the past.
“Just have faith in him, and you know he has the talent,” Pederson told the AP.
“You know what you’re getting with Carson.”
Pederson also noted Wentzen has shown a knack for finding ways to make big plays on offense.
“That’s what Carson does, he makes plays.
He makes big plays,” Pedersaid.
“It’s not just him making plays for us, it can be anything on offense, from the quarterback to the running back, and we’ve just been fortunate to be able to run it.”
Wentzel’s play this season is more than just big plays.
The former Oregon star has helped lead the Eagles to a 12-3 record and a wild-card spot in the NFC.
Wentz’s performance has helped push the Eagles into the playoffs, which would give the team its first playoff berth since 2012.
The two-time NFL MVP is expected to make his second Pro Bowl appearance this season after leading the Eagles in scoring in 2016.
Wentzes first career Pro Bowl berth came in 2010.
He said the NFC West is the “toughest division” in the NFL, but said the division will only get tougher with each win.
“The NFC West, the toughest division in the entire NFL,” Wentzel said.