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Pederson encouraged by Wentz’s start, anxious to see more

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 11: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on August 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Buccaneers 17-9. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles Coach Doug Pederson has praised the performance of his rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in his NFL debut last week, when Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns.

Next up is Wentz’s first road game — and first national TV game — Monday night in Chicago. And though Pederson was upbeat about Wentz’s performance and the Eagles winning Pederson’s first game as head coach, he said he’s already talked to Wentz about the week-to-week nature of the NFL and the importance of moving “on to the next opponent” and putting the previous week behind.

You just have to take each game in stride,” Pederson said. “It’s a Monday night game coming up, national spotlight. It’s a road game, noise, the whole thing.

“[My message is] ‘enjoy this one, but we’ve got to come to work ready to play again.'”

Though Pederson knows greater challenges are ahead, he didn’t hide his excitement for the way Wentz handled some key situations in his debut. Wentz played 38 snaps in one preseason game before being sidelined by a rib injury, then learned just six days before the opener that he would be the starter.

“For him to have that kind of poise in the pocket for the first start and really having only four series throughout the entire training camp, you just can’t teach that,” Pederson said. “The patience he had to let receivers come open…those are the things you see from more veteran-type quarterbacks, where young guys tend to want to scramble in those situations. The poise was tremendous. That’s just who he is and I look forward to another opportunity to work with him this week.”

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16 Responses to “Pederson encouraged by Wentz’s start, anxious to see more”
  1. tonebones says: Sep 13, 2016 8:36 PM

    We haven’t seen this kid’s best stuff yet

  2. MichaelEdits says: Sep 13, 2016 8:50 PM

    Already better than Pederson was?

  3. mostepicgnar says: Sep 13, 2016 9:26 PM

    He is on the brink of AJ Feeley status, and climbing fast.

  4. douchebigelow says: Sep 13, 2016 9:26 PM


  5. TheDPR says: Sep 13, 2016 9:41 PM

    As an Eagles fan I’m more concerned about the rookie coach than the rookie quarterback but so far, so good for both of them.

  6. metspeed21 says: Sep 13, 2016 9:49 PM

    Took a few really good pops from the Browns and hopped right back up. Made some difficult throws look easy. Can’t wait to see if he can build on a solid first outing.

  7. nothingbuttthetruth says: Sep 13, 2016 9:57 PM

    Already better than Pederson was?


    And he’d be the first one to tell to that!

  8. ttmstock says: Sep 13, 2016 10:12 PM

    I wonder have Goff would have done with Philly? LMAO

  9. mustangqb9 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:58 PM

    He’s almost equal Pederson’s career win record already

  10. vusnu says: Sep 13, 2016 11:22 PM

    Meanwhile, is Bradford even going to play this weekend?

  11. woodstakes says: Sep 14, 2016 1:07 AM

    For those of us who watched this kid play in High School and every College game he ever played, this performance is not surprising to any of us. This kid has so much potential and listening to all of these “expert” posters on this site talk him down having never seen him play, just because he’s from an FCS school (a dynasty no less), has been very entertaining to us. I’m not pretending Wentz won’t struggle, because he will, but in the end this kid has everything you’d ever want in a franchise quarterback. It’s just going to to are longer for some of you to believe it.

  12. NFLexpert says: Sep 14, 2016 4:12 AM

    One-Game Wonder!

  13. jredshoes says: Sep 14, 2016 5:47 AM

    It’s ironic that they move on from AR and now have success with someone from his coaching tree. Doug Pederson may have been a marginal QB but I’ll bet he’ll turn out to be a good HC

  14. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 14, 2016 11:02 AM

    so glad we dumped Sammie sleeves since this is what we had in store once that DOOF was outta the building!
    Howie is getting better and better GM skills wise. We owe that little dude a lot! He has had some stupid personel moves, but recently he has really turned a corner! This offseason was MONUMENTAL! What he did in NO TIME to fix CHIPS CRAP has been amazing!
    I applaud you HOWIE ROSEMAN!

  15. therealtrenches says: Sep 14, 2016 2:45 PM

    TheDPR says:
    Sep 13, 2016 9:41 PM
    As an Eagles fan I’m more concerned about the rookie coach than the rookie quarterback but so far, so good for both of them.


    I hear ya, re. Pederson. However, I like what I see, especially the things that separate him from his mentor:

    – no squandering of second half timeouts.
    – a balanced run to pass ratio
    – a willingness to run on third and short

    Reid was the opposite on those three tendencies and it really has cost him several winnable games (especially big ones) over the course of his career. At the very least, Pederson doesn’t appear to be guilty of these things. It’s early, but I can’t complain so far.

  16. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 14, 2016 3:56 PM

    GAWD, SO TRUE realtrenches! I don’t know how many times I punched or hit the old tube TVs in the early to mid 2000’s!!

    RIP Jim Johnson😦

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