This offseason is about adding the pieces that will be building blocks to the Eagles future. The Eagles started that on Thursday with a pair of wide receivers being added to the fold.
A big reason for that is the cornerstone of the Eagles blueprint: Carson Wentz.
“He had a lot to do with it,” Jeffery said. “Like I told him, the sky is the limit for him. Me and him texted back and forth and I told him that my job is to help him win the MVP, which I truly believe. The sky is the limit for him. He’s a great quarterback.”
Torrey Smith spent the last two seasons with the 49ers. Playing on the West coast allowed him to watch early games from a distance. From afar, Smith got a glimpse of Wentz’s potential.
“I’ve watched Carson play from a distance and you can see that he has that ‘it’ factor,” Smith said. “Obviously, he’s still young so he’s not perfect, but I know that he has the potential to get it done and to be able to play with a guy like that and also grow with him and help him in other ways, I’m looking forward to it.”
From a management standpoint, it’s nice if you’re Howie Roseman to have a rising star at quarterback as a selling point.
“It's a great compliment to Carson, and I think the rest of our offensive staff and the team,” Roseman said. “When we've talked to these guys, they're excited about our offensive line. They're excited about some of the skill-position guys that we have here that can help them, too, and complement each other.”
It was around this time last year that the Eagles pulled the trigger on a trade with Cleveland to get the second-overall pick, the one that would land Wentz. His first season with the Eagles featured its ups and downs -- a 7-9 record, a 62.4 completion percentage, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. But that was also with limited weapons and an inconsistent offense.
What the Eagles did on Thursday was provide Wentz with some weapons. They provided him a chance to show his full abilities by giving the offense more versatility. They provided two wide receivers looking for the best the market had a chance to prove their worth again on one-year deals, essentially setting the foundation for a greater relationship with the Eagles if things go well.
If Wentz proves to be as special as the two newest wide receivers believe, the group could be here to stay for some time, especially if success comes. For now, we at least get the potential of something good while waiting for the rest of a long offseason to pass by.