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Frank Reich: Carson Wentz reminds me of Jim Kelly a little bit

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Philadelphia. Wentz looks to build on a promising start to his career when he leads the Philadelphia Eagles against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) AP

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a strong regular season debut in Week One, throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-10 victory over the Browns.

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Friday that the team “got what we expected” from Wentz in his first outing and his answer to a question about what quarterback Wentz reminds him of suggests that the expectations are as high as you’d expect for a player drafted second overall. After saying that Wentz is “blazing his own trail,” Reich said he was reminded of a player he spent a lot of time watching from a front row seat during his playing career.

“Physically, he reminds me a little bit of a combination of Andrew Luck — though, I’ve never played with him — just watching him play, but a guy that I did play with in Jim Kelly, the size, strength and just the toughness,” Reich said, via “The mentally tough, physically tough attitude and not being afraid to stand in the pocket and take a hit. I think Carson showed that, having played with Jim Kelly all of those years, a Hall of Fame quarterback, you don’t want those guys to take hits but it is the willingness on fourth and four with guys coming up the middle to make the play to [tight end Zach Ertz] and take the hit because that’s what it takes to make the play and keep the drive alive, so those are good signs.”

With the caveat that it’s just been one game against the Browns duly noted, anything that Wentz does that elicits memories of Kelly is a good sign for what his future holds in Philadelphia. He’ll have a chance to further the comparison against the Bears on Monday night.

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33 Responses to “Frank Reich: Carson Wentz reminds me of Jim Kelly a little bit”
  1. thefootballgodssay says: Sep 16, 2016 12:19 PM

    So Carson will not hold the Vince Lombardi trophy any time soon 56 years and counting

  2. dino2997 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:22 PM

    Carson Wentz better quit while he’s ahead. Eagles fans will do a 180 on him at the first sign of trouble.

  3. chrisk61 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:25 PM

    schedulers did birds a favor with steelers playing bengals week before.

    let’s hope pitt and cinc kill each other

  4. donterrelli says: Sep 16, 2016 12:25 PM

    “throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-10 victory over the Browns.”

    I could probably do that too.

  5. sufferingbirdsfan says: Sep 16, 2016 12:27 PM

    Look, I like this kid and yeah, so far so good. But I wish everyone would take it down a notch or two. This is not the first fair-haired boy that looked good early on only to tank later (Hoying, Kolb, Foles…) Can we just see what happens before mentioning him in the same breath as a Hall of Famer?

  6. whatjusthapped says: Sep 16, 2016 12:32 PM

    Carson Wentz and Jim Kelly will have one thing in common when Carson retires, neither will have won a Superbowl.

  7. piffy34 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:48 PM

    Seriously? The dude beat an RGIII led browns team…

  8. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:51 PM

    Lets not get the bust ready for Canton yet

  9. leroyquimby says: Sep 16, 2016 1:04 PM

    For those scared by the HOF comparisons if Reich said he reminds him of Jim Druckenmiller or Dave Krieg would you know what he is talking about? Or when he says Jim Kelly do you automatically have a picture in your head of style of play?

  10. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2016 1:12 PM

    Maybe Wentz can actually win something, unlike Kelly.

  11. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    Yes, just like RG3 reminded us of Michael Vick.😉

  12. jackedupboonie says: Sep 16, 2016 1:22 PM

    I’m sorry Jim. Every white, tall, kinda goofy looking first rounder will be compared to you after one game against the Browns. I think he looks more like Dan McGwire or Kelly Stouffer myself.

  13. poguemahonepft says: Sep 16, 2016 1:23 PM

    c’mon man! this kid couldn’t carry Jim Kelly’s jock…get outta here!

  14. weepingjebus says: Sep 16, 2016 1:24 PM

    Speaking of whom, did everyone catch that Kelly-Namath promo where they harass each other about Jets-Bills? I am almost positive I didn’t hallucinate it. Anyway they should become a regular broadcast crew.

  15. ninozlatino says: Sep 16, 2016 1:25 PM

    I love how the haters exaggerate the hype. Where does it say Carson will be a hall of famer? Where does it say he is THE NEXT Jim Kelly? Reminds him of. REMINDS. Just like us Birds fans buying his jersey in droves all of a sudden we think he’s the next coming. You tell me, who’s else jersey are we gonna’ buy? We have a lot of second tier guys. Which I like. We don’t have the superstars. Kelly got rid of those. The kid shows some promise. Everyone understands it’s just one game. But we see things in him we never saw in others this early. It’s the way of the todays world. Everything is over analyzed. With Carson it’s never been enough. Oh he did it in FCS. Oh he played the Browns. Oh it was Preseason. I hope he just keeps provin’ you haters wrong.

  16. ninozlatino says: Sep 16, 2016 1:27 PM

    You still haven’t even seen the kids wheels yet. Stay tuned.

  17. bullcharger says: Sep 16, 2016 1:28 PM

    Jim Kelly is deservedly in the HOF. An all time great QB. That said, he did lose 4 straight Super Bowls and I don’t think I would wish that on anyone.

  18. tjacks7 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:45 PM

    Let’s pump the brakes a little bit… He’s only played the Browns.

  19. firesnyder says: Sep 16, 2016 1:48 PM

    Omg, it was the BROWNS!

  20. godeepwvu says: Sep 16, 2016 1:57 PM

    As an Eagles fan, giving this kid the key to the castle after beating R2D2 and the Browns is going too far. Can we give it a season or two?

  21. THX 138 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:05 PM

    Hue Jackson would not have picked Jim Kelly either!

  22. asparatame says: Sep 16, 2016 2:05 PM

    Ahem. They beat the Browns.
    Wait until they face some stiff competition like Southwestern Oklahoma A&M.

  23. Patty Dubs says: Sep 16, 2016 2:11 PM

    Well at least he’s not being compared to a deer in headlights like the number one pick is…

  24. skawh says: Sep 16, 2016 2:21 PM

    All this noise about a rookie after one successful game against Cleveland? Okay

  25. bills72284 says: Sep 16, 2016 2:22 PM

    great future for philly with wentz

  26. alphabeta49er says: Sep 16, 2016 2:23 PM

    not without a white turtleneck and a hand warmer bag on his waist

  27. Fourth in the North says: Sep 16, 2016 2:34 PM

    I wish someone would please comment and let me know who Carson Wentz and the Eagles played in week 1. Vikes fan here and I wish we would have given up what the eagles did to get Wentz–not Bradford.

  28. winged warrior says: Sep 16, 2016 2:40 PM

    MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says:
    Sep 16, 2016 1:22 PM
    Yes, just like RG3 reminded us of Michael Vick.
    And who’s reminded you of dan marino ?

  29. dirt2013 says: Sep 16, 2016 3:01 PM

    Beating the 3rd best ( maybe ) team in Ohio is a great start? Browns are a bad joke.

  30. jerryyouradisgrace says: Sep 16, 2016 3:13 PM

    Boy’s fan here…the kid had a great NFL debut so lets not take that away from him. He’s only gonna get better

  31. gauchosporlife says: Sep 16, 2016 3:58 PM

    That means the Eagles will continue without a Super Bowl.

  32. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 19, 2016 10:10 AM

    you guys are tools! The Browns SHOULD’VE beat the ratbirds yesterday! 20 point lead, given up!!
    Joe jump ball had what 2 INTs vs the Browns… Carson had ZERO, ZIP, zilch!

  33. philtheez says: Sep 19, 2016 7:18 PM

    You guys can hate all you’d like. Its been a loong time since we Philly fans had a QB that would stay in the pocket, could make all of the throws, and has a great attitude. I was a big fan of #5 (McNabb) because he was all we had. But this guy, even in only 1 week, show’d he has the “IT” factor when the lights came on. We need something to get excited about, sports wise, in Philly. And he, along with Simmons and Embiid, has us excited.

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