There's no doubting the seismic leap in development for quarterback Carson Wentz.
ESPN senior writer Mike Sando ranked Wentz No. 1 on the list of the NFL's top 25 players under age 25. Wentz (24 years, 10 months) leads the league in touchdowns (23) while chauffeuring the Eagles to a league-best 8-1 start. He is one of four quarterbacks to make the list (No. 9 Dak Prescott, No. 19 Deshaun Watson, and No. 20 Jared Goff).
As evidence for improvement, Wentz ranked 25th on this list last season.
The second-year signal caller is quickly becoming a fan favorite as well. No. 11's jersey sales ranked first among NFL players for the month of October according to NFLShop.com. He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for October and an NFC Offensive Player of Week award against the Redskins (October 23).
Wentz comes off a four-touchdown performance, his third of the season, in a win over the Denver Broncos heading into Sunday's prime-time game against the Cowboys.
"There is a level of comfort to have a guy like Carson that we've been working with and went out and drafted a year ago and getting him into our building," head coach Doug Pederson said.
"We know this is a physical game. A part of Carson's strength is his ability to run. I think some of his toughness early on has shown and we just continue to have conversations with him. And just want to make sure he's protecting himself. We need him for all 16 games. It's just something that we need to continue to try to educate him on and make sure that he's aware that his importance to the football team."