Carson Wentz thinks the Eagles have enough talent to go from worst to first in the division.
After going 7-9 and finishing in the basement of the resurgent NFC East in Wentz's rookie season last year, the 24-year-old quarterback thinks that the 2017 Eagles have enough talent to supplant the Cowboys as the top team in the division.
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"We have high expectations around here," Wentz said in a radio interview on WIP Thursday morning while in Fargo, North Dakota. "We hope and we expect to be playing into January and then to see what happens. I think that's the biggest thing.
"Our goal is to win the NFC East and we believe we have the guys to do it.
"We just have to now go put the work in and go make things happen. We have high expectations ... 7-9 is never good enough. I never want to be done after the regular season again. That doesn't sit well with me and it never will. We definitely have high expectations to be playing into January and then hopefully get hot and see what happens."
It's worth noting that the Eagles went 7-9 after a tremendous start in 2016 that saw them win the first three games on the schedule, including a 34-3 walloping of the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Eagles went on to lose nine of their next 11, including a five-game losing streak that lasted a month from November into December.
On paper, Wentz should have more to work with in 2016. If Lane Johnson can stay on the field, Wentz's offensive line should be much better, and the Eagles added plenty of new weapons in free agency in the draft.
"We went out and have a couple new additions and everything," Wentz said. "It's been fun. Honestly, it's been fun just to get to work with them. Last year, obviously this time of year, I was working with a lot of the third-team guys. It's just been fun to have a whole offseason under my belt now as we're, I think, 10 days away from camp. Just getting the opportunity to get the team reps.
"You can throw routes on air and do all those things you want, but the spring, getting those team reps, those valuable reps with a lot of the guys, the new rookie guys, the free agents that we signed and everything in-between. I'm really liking where we're at and it's still a process, it's still a process, but training camp is right around the corner and honestly, I can't wait to get back there."