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Carson Wentz plummets 93 spots in NFL Network player rankings

Carson Wentz is again coming off an injury-plagued season, and his inability to stay on the field appears to have significantly contributed to his precipitous drop in the NFL Media player rankings ahead of the 2019 season.

After being ranked as the league’s third-best player heading into the 2018 campaign, Wentz plummeted to No. 96 in the NFL Network’s player rankings, which saw Nos. 100-91 released on Monday night.

Wentz was enjoying an MVP-caliber campaign in 2017 while leading the Eagles to an 11-2 record before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Nick Foles of course played brilliantly in his stead, leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory, a performance that earned him MVP honors.

Wentz was expected to be back atop the depth chart in 2018, but he missed the Eagles’ first two games while still recovering from his torn ACL. He also missed the Eagles’ final five games due to a back injury, and Foles again rallied the team and led them to a postseason berth.

The Eagles only managed to notch a 5-6 record in games in which Wentz played. However, his statistics in 2018 matched up well with his 2017 play, as noted by NBC Sports Philadelphia.

2017: 13 games, 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 60.2 percent, 101.9 passer ratingĀ 

2018: 11 games, 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 69.6 percent, 102.2 passer ratingĀ 

The aforementioned 5-6 record, not to mention his ongoing injury issues obviously played a huge role in Wentz suffering the 93-spot drop, the biggest slide by any NFL player.

The case can be made that Wentz probably did not deserve to receive such a slight in NFL Network’s player rankings. That said, said rankings arguably are an arbitrary exercise at best that has little real-world merit or relevancy outside of inspiring debate.

Either way, the Eagles clearly have complete faith in Wentz being able to avoid injury in 2019 and beyond. After all, the team signed the 26-year-old quarterback to a four-year, $128 million contract extension that included $107 million in guaranteed money. The deal will keep Wentz in Philly through the 2024 season.