Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long lauded quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.
Starting quarterback Wentz threw more touchdown passes per game than any other in the NFL in 2017. He was a favourite to win the MVP at one point and is one of the best young signal callers in the game – but he was not even at the helm when Philadelphia won the Super Bowl.
With third-year QB Wentz and backup Nick Foles, the Eagles are in the best position under center of any team to start the 2018 season.
That is not lost on anyone in the locker room and especially not on Long, who won his first Super Bowl with Philadelphia last season.
"It's really a dream, I mean, as far as having two unselfish, capable, explosive-type quarterbacks that can really light up the scoreboard," Long told Omnisport in an interview on Thursday as part of a promotion for all-you-can-eat chicken tenders and riblets at Applebees.
The Eagles got a scare last season when they lost Wentz to a season-ending knee injury in week 14 against the Rams. Many counted Philadelphia out at that point, but Foles stepped up and led the team to a Super Bowl LII victory over the favoured Patriots.
Wentz is not guaranteed to be back for week one, but the Eagles are in a fortunate spot with Foles, a now Super Bowl-winning quarterback, at the helm, in addition to a strong roster, as Long pointed out.
"When I signed up with the Eagles, [I] and a few of us in free agency saw a roster as good as any roster in the league, depth-wise and talent-wise and that played out accordingly," Long said. "So as much as it is a quarterback thing, when Carson's out there doing amazing stuff, his team-mates are helping him."
It will be easy for some pundits to count out the Eagles in the early going once again this year as Wentz works his way back from injury and Foles may start as the main signal-caller from week one, but Philadelphia have already dealt with this situation.
Long said they have the depth not only with the quarterbacks, but every other position as well to once again excel this season.
"Once Nick shook the rust off he was absolutely killing it and our roster was just the same, really strong," Long said. "And we had a lot of injuries."
"We had depth all through our roster," he continued. "So it's not just the quarterback, but we had depth all around."
18. Oktober 2018
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|UEFA investigating PSG-Red Star fan clashes|
|Just ´another weekend´ for champion-elect Hamilton|
|G League will offer $125K to top prospects in lieu of NCAA one-and-done route|
|Chargers defensive end Bosa ´a few weeks´ away from return, says father|
|Bale back in full Real Madrid training|
|Roma supporter found not guilty of inflicting GBH on Liverpool fan Sean Cox|
|´Fantastic´ Neuer will prove he´s still the best, says Lloris|
|Perez secures Force India stay|
|Australia wait on Khawaja scan|
|Shaw signs Manchester United extension|
|Jones lays down challenge to snubbed England star Cipriani|
|West Ham´s Pellegrini rejects Dzeko speculation|
|Emery fails to assure Ramsey of Arsenal future|
|Pakistan on course for victory after Babar 99 and farcical run out|
|Canelo ready to leave comfort zone to face Fielding|
|Eriksen ready for Tottenham return, Pochettino confirms|
|Titans coach rocked by Hurrell´s Rhinos switch|
|Rubin Kazan suspended from UEFA competition for FFP breach|
|Real Madrid could sack Lopetegui if results don´t improve, says Essien|
|On-court coaching would add to drama - Mouratoglou|
|Babbel lauds ´top class´ Ronaldo after Juventus switch|
|Carmelo Anthony: Rockets bench role challenging mentally|
|Maqsood preferred to Amir in Pakistan T20 squad|
|Make Ramsey Arsenal captain, don´t let him leave – Wilshere|
|Kaneria admits guilt in spot-fixing case|
|No coach can work miracles – Ibrahimovic defends under-fire Mourinho|
|Morgan earns England recall, Cipriani overlooked|
|Reavie leads CJ Cup, solid start from Koepka|
|Juventus kicked me out to sign Ronaldo – Higuain|
|England forward Hughes given six-week ban|
|Injured Halep withdraws from WTA Finals|
|Ronaldo exit makes all the difference for Real Madrid – Luxemburgo|
|Manchester United´s Chelsea Blues and other one-sided rivalries|
|Babbel fears for Kovac´s Bayern future|
|Bradley homers again, Red Sox take 3-1 lead over Astros|
|Ayton, Doncic shine on NBA debuts|
|Leonard focusing on future after Raptors debut|
|MLS Review: Rooney stunner seals DC win, Sounders clinch play-off spot|
|Pochettino ´proud´ of Dier for Ramos tackle|
|Wallabies name three uncapped players for All Blacks clash|
|Lakers coach Walton will monitor LeBron´s minutes, plans to use deep rotation|
|Lloris: United´s Pogba unfairly judged because of transfer fee|
|´Phenomenon´ Mbappe deserves Ballon d´Or, says Buffon|
|Dodgers on cusp of World Series after beating Brewers|
|Mata braced for ´difficult month´ at Man United|
|WATCH: Rooney scores wonderful free-kick for DC United|
|Kaino handed five-week ban for striking Roberts|
|Bears star Khalil Mack ´day-to-day´ with ankle injury|
|Anthony has ´a clearer understanding´ of his role with Rockets|
|Brewers remove Miley after one batter against Dodgers|
|Rams rule out Kupp for 49ers game|
|Giants owner Mara to talk with Beckham Jr|
|Bamberg battle back to claim Champions League win|
|MLB investigated alleged Astros sign stealing, found no wrongdoing|
|Timberwolves star Wiggins to donate $22 for every point this NBA season|
|Red Sox´s Sale won´t start game five of ALCS|
|Tsitsipas and Shapovalov advance at Stockholm Open|
|Witsel to Dortmund is signing of the season - Martinez|
|Pique confident Nadal will play in 2019 Davis Cup|
17. Oktober 2018
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