Watching Carson Wentz go to work on Sunday during the Eagles’ 30-17 victory gave Philadelphia fans, even more, hope that the 24-year-old quarterback will not only have a good sophomore campaign but a good career in general. Of course, there were plays where like the pick six by Ryan Kerrigan that probably would’ve been the same outcome if it hadn’t been tipped. The stat line for Wentz was very impressive; 307 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception while completing 66.7% of his passes. It isn’t the stats that are most enticing though, it’s his ability to extend plays with his feet and find the open receiver. Things that Eagles fans have seen before, to be exact for 11 years and two with the enemy in D.C.
Where this really stood out was the 64-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor. Wentz dropped back and waited. He then did a small loop and stiff-armed a Redskins’ defender; after doing so, he somehow shook-off a tackler that was wrapped around his waist. He then had an opening, so set himself and launched the ball—confidently, he had Agholor open down the field who was able to make a move and scamper past the goal line for the first Eagles’ score of the 2017 NFL season. He had about three more plays of this nature. Plays like this should make Eagles fans not just salivate but it should, in fact, bring back memories of playing too deep January and even February.
Matt Mullin said it best in this tweet:
Numerous times throughout last year people would talk about how Wentz was extremely similar to the likes of Ben Roethlisberger, which is correct because of his size, but the way he moves around on the field has Donovan McNabb written all over it. Give it a thought. The spins, the ducking, rolling out and finding someone open due to the broken play. That’s where history repeats itself a bit; McNabb was drafted at the beginning of Andy Reid’s tenure. Wentz was drafted at the start of Doug Pederson’s time in Philly, not to mention the Pederson is part of the Andy Reid coaching tree.
With this being said, I honestly wouldn’t mind if Wentz turns into a McNabb-ish player. We do need to see Wentz make it to the playoffs and win in the playoffs because McNabb did quarterback one of the best stretches of Eagles’ history in the early 2000’s. It’ll sure be fun to see what Wentz can make of this young career.