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Film breakdown makes the case for Carson Wentz as a top five NFL quarterback

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Carson Wentz: elite top five NFL quarterback?

That’s the case Alex Rollins — a film analyst for SB Nation’s San Francisco 49ers blog, Niners Nation — is making with his latest video breakdown. You can watch the entire thing below:

Rollins defends his stance by highlighting some of the key plays that Wentz made during the Eagles’ final four games en route to winning the NFC East last season ... including that amazing touchdown throw to Miles Sanders against Washington in Week 15.

Here’s a sampling of Rollins’ argument:

“Yes, we all know Wentz got concussed in the first quarter of the Wild Card game and the Eagles lost to the Seahawks, 17 to 9. But the fact that they even made it to the playoffs with this cast of characters is a miracle in itself. Wentz had a far from perfect situation to take this team to the playoffs. But to prove his talent, it was actually the perfect situation. The NFL doesn’t wait around for your roster and weapons to be operating at 100%. Often times, the best moment to prove yourself is when everything is going wrong. How many quarterbacks dropped into Wentz’s situation would take this team to the playoffs? Elite quarterbacks wait for nobody. It doesn’t matter the circumstances, the talent around them, or who they’re facing. They are going to win. That is what makes Carson Wentz an elite top five quarterback.”

Wentz really was on fire at the end of the regular season. His numbers from must-win games in Week 14 through Week 17: 117/173 (67.6% completion), 1,199 yards (6.9 average), 7 TD, 0 INT, 100.8 passer rating.

It undoubtedly helped that the Eagles played the New York Giants twice and Washington once in that stretch. Those were two of the NFL’s worst teams in 2019. But one must also acknowledge Wentz was leading the Eagles to victory while relying on practice squad promotions like Greg Ward, Boston Scott, Joshua Perkins, etc. With critical assistance from Doug Pederson’s scheming, Wentz got the most out of lesser talent.

That being said, I do think top five is a bit generous for Wentz. And I say that as one who’s far from being considered a skeptic. A “top 10” label is more appropriate.

There’s no doubt that Wentz has top five upside. The Eagles just need him to stay healthy and cut down on his fumbles. They also need to surround him with an adequate supporting cast, which is something they’ve failed to do in at least two out of his four seasons thus far. Hopefully they won’t let him down again in 2020.

The Eagles are ultimately bound to go as far as Wentz takes them and, as the preceding video demonstrates, there’s reason to feel optimistic about his outlook.

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