Carson Wentz and Nick Foles are two guys who had a lot of success in Philadelphia, especially during the 2017 NFL season. For Wentz, he led the Eagles through most of the 2017 season and put the team in position to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, while Foles was able to finish the job after Wentz went down with an injury by leading the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl 52. Foles would step in for Wentz last season after Wentz went down with a back injury and lead the Eagles to the playoffs in 2018.
Foles was rewarded for efforts when he signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars this offseason, while Wentz will return to lead the Eagles in 2019.
Last season, some Eagles’ players reportedly had some issues with the leadership style of Wentz, and Wentz later acknowledged himself that he could have been a better teammate in 2018.
However, according to former Eagle and current Carolina Panthers WR Torrey Smith, both Wentz and Foles are great leaders.
“Nick(Foles), Carson(Wentz) are two of the best leaders I’ve ever been around, period. Coaches, players, classmates, whoever,” Smith said at his 8th annual charity basketball game in Baltimore on Saturday. “They are like models for who you want your kid to be like, your daughter to date, your team to be led by, so there’s no surprise that we had success with both of them leading the team when I was there… Those are the two dudes that I love to death as players, as people.”
High praise from Smith, and you can’t argue with success both guys have had with the Eagles.
Ultimately, Smith is looking forward to seeing Wentz and Foles perform in 2019.
“I can’t wait to see what Nick does knowing what he’s been through in his journey, and I can’t wait to see what Carson does with a healthy year because he’s gets hurt one game later, he’s the MVP, right,(2017 season),” Smith said. “That’s just the way this business goes, and Foles obviously is a legend for helping to pick up the torch and lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. But, he’ll be down there in Jacksonville, and he’ll have an opportunity to be the guy and not have to worry about trying being second. So, I’m excited for him to have that opportunity and to shine.”
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