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."
20. August 2018
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|Astros avoid sweep with win over Athletics|
|Seppi advances, Paire exits Winston-Salem|
|Bale feeling good as Madrid eye sweep of trophies|
|You can´t leave a house three-quarters built – Neville urges United to back Mourinho|
|Dodgers slugger Machado leaves game after being struck by pitch|
|Harden says Carmelo will ´be a good fit´ for Rockets|
|Morata: I never considered Chelsea exit|
|Gavrilova kicks off title defence in New Haven|
|Lopetegui pleased with Bale and Real Madrid after LaLiga opener|
|It´s a very special moment – Djokovic revels in Golden Masters achievement|
|Sorrentino thanks Ronaldo for support after injury|
|Twins place Santana on DL with finger injury|
|Yankees´ Gregorius suffers ´pretty significant´ heel bruise|
|Snedeker ends PGA Tour drought with Wyndham Championship win|
|Spalletti unconcerned despite Inter´s underwhelming start|
|Djokovic makes history with Masters clean sweep in Cincinnati|
|Real Madrid 2 Getafe 0: Bale gives Lopetegui first LaLiga win|
19. August 2018
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|Sherman calls for NFL to scrap ´idiotic´ helmet rule|
|Sassuolo 1 Inter 0: New-look Nerazzurri given early reality check|
|Hughton: Shock United win does not alter scale of Brighton´s task|
|Navas keeps place as Courtois waits on Madrid debut|
|Ndidi signs long-term Leicester City contract|
|Pandya tears through feeble England to put India in command|
|Alonso creates motorsport history with victory at Silverstone|
|Kovacic: Chelsea and Sarri believe in me|
|Brighton loss a big lesson for United – Pogba|
|Mistakes hit United´s confidence - Mourinho|
|Brighton and Hove Albion 3 Manchester United 2: Murray lifts Seagulls to another win over Mourinho|
|Quickfire Moon treble sets up Rhinos win|
|Manchester City celebrate win with Silva´s son|
|Brentford 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Maupay stars as Bees buzz by Owls|
|Guardiola delighted with fit and firing Aguero|
|Waring marks 200th event with maiden title in Gothenburg|
|Guardiola dismisses Mourinho´s ´disrespectful´ accusation|
|Hulkenberg proud to survive in F1´s pay driver era|
|It´s here, it´s real, get on with it - Dyche dismisses Europa League excuse|
|Grujic agrees Liverpool extension, joins Hertha on loan|
|Martial starts as Lukaku, Young return for Manchester United|
|Fury-Wilder to be staged in November or December - Warren|
|Manchester City 6 Huddersfield Town 1: Aguero hits hat-trick as champions triumph|
|Burnley 1 Watford 3: Hornets end away day woes as Deeney leads destructive display|
|McFarland cleared to leave Scotland and join Ulster|
|Simeone wants ´only the best´ for Filipe Luis amid PSG links|
|PSG signing Boateng rated ´50-50´ by Bayern president|
|Cipriani a positive influence, insists Gloucester head coach|
|Bayer Leverkusen´s Bailey signs contract extension|
|Jesus and Aguero start for City as Mahrez misses out|
|Federer unsure what to expect from Djokovic duel|
|Chievo goalkeeper suffers broken nose, whiplash in Ronaldo collision|
|Simmons lauds influence of ´big brother´ LeBron|
|PSG´s Cavani selected by Uruguay as Coito fills in for Tabarez|
|Starc leads tributes after ´leader of the pack´ Johnson retires|
|Hazard confirms he is staying at Chelsea this month|
|Liverpool´s Firmino dreaming of Premier League title glory|
|Raiders rock the Roosters as NRL´s top-four battle hots up|
|Erasmus demands improved Springboks|
|Athletics pull even with Astros in AL West|
|Mercurial quick Johnson retires from cricket|
|MLS Review: Royer leaves it late for Red Bulls, Dallas bounce back|
|Crotty concussed, Folau injured|
|DFB president Grindel sorry Ozil felt ´deserted´|
|Busch picks up first win of season in Night Race|
|NASCAR results at Bristol: Kurt Busch picks up first win of season in Night Race|
|Woakes welcomes back ´big-game player´ Stokes|
|´Genius´ Messi still amazes Valverde|
|All Blacks, Springboks await Namibia at Rugby World Cup|
|Federer to face Djokovic after Goffin withdraws|
|Rain halts plays at Wyndham Championship|