Carson Wentz “way more comfortable” this year

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’s rookie season started off with four wins in his first six games while he threw eight touchdowns and three interceptions to earn early raves in Philadelphia.

Things fell off from there as the Eagles won just three games the rest of the way and Wentz’s touchdown to interception ratio went south as it became clear there was still plenty to be learned about how to thrive in the NFL.

Wentz’s decision to seek some of that education with quarterback guru Adam Dedeaux in California became a bit of an issue around the Eagles this offseason, but Wentz said he sought out the help because “so many good players went there and it helped them.” Wentz feels it had the same impact on his mechanics, which is part of an overall improvement in his comfort level on the field.

“Way more comfortable,” Wentz said, via Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “It’s OTAs, I know. But things have slowed down. I’m not thinking about everything anymore — last year I was. Now I can feel the important things early in the play — where’s my answer, what are my options, what will work? It’s a different game when you can dial it down and feel you know what’s important to look for, and you’re not looking at every little thing out there. I mean, cover-2 is cover-2.”

The Eagles addressed one of their biggest shortcomings from last year by adding help to the receiving corps, something that should help Wentz’s play resemble those first six weeks if Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith play as hoped.

19 responses to “Carson Wentz “way more comfortable” this year

  1. Just watching practice, and seeing Alshon grab the ball on the sideline, as opposed to Agholor and DGB dropping stuff, makes me believe he will have much more confidence.

    I watched a video of every one of Agholors drops last year, and he dropped 3 easy TDs, and caused 2 INTs that popped up in the air.

    DGB dropped 2 easy TDs, and caused 4 INTs.

    Its not rocket science. He didn’t look horrible. The coaching/playcalling was mediocre, but that was also making up for lackluster RBs and terrible receivers.

  2. Wentz also threw for 3,800 yards, 16 TD’s and completed 63% of his passes with a banged up O line, no running game and the worst group of receivers in the league. He was named the starter 5 days before the start of the regular season when Bradford was traded after missing all but 10 snaps of the pre season with an injury. Its a minor miracle Wentz won 7 games and most QB’s would have folded like a tent.

  3. PFT should set up a separate section for franchises that never have won squat, They could put Philadelphia Eagles news items over there to save room for more Kaepernick stories.

  4. @eagleswoot – I know DGB isn’t the greatest receiver in the world, but he wasn’t the intended target on 1 interception last year let alone 4! Most of Wentz’s throws, whether we want to admit or not, were overthrows or throws into double or triple coverage (i.e. the Vikings and Bengals games).

  5. Wentz has a lot to prove. Even Eagle fans should admit they aren’t sure what they have in Wentz. They will find out this year. With the NFC QB talent, I doubt he even makes a pro bowl or All-pro team in 7 yrs. We know he won’t take the Eagles to the SB. That’s his career in a nut shell.

  6. officialgame says:
    Jun 12, 2017 8:03 AM

    Wentz also threw for 3,800 yards, 16 TD’s and completed 63% of his passes with a banged up O line, no running game and the worst group of receivers in the league. He was named the starter 5 days before the start of the regular season when Bradford was traded after missing all but 10 snaps of the pre season with an injury. Its a minor miracle Wentz won 7 games and most QB’s would have folded like a tent.
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    The Eagles Finished 11th in total rushing yards and 10th in total rushing TDs. Look at teams like the vikings, rams and giants if you want to say they had no run game and the stats back that up. Next Wentz threw 24 passes in the first preseason game, sounds like he was on the field more then 10 snaps. The guy was in the offense the entire time learning the system while Bradford had to go to a new team learn the offense and play well for his team to have a chance to win with all their injuries

  7. owenstancick says:

    Exciting young player, should have a solid year ahead of him!
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    But teams have “tape” on him now. I mean that’s all everyone says about Dak, right?

  8. Just from watching practice he’s going to be awful. I analyzed the film from last year and I too like to make excuses for Carson Wentz and say his WRs caused INTs. I will ignore all the balls he airmailed to wide open WRs. Carson Wentz can do no wrong in my eyes.

  9. Chicks dig the long ball and he can’t throw it on point ! He’s a 12 yard down the field dink and dunker , a slap hitter !

  10. First 6 games last year were the best he will see in his career, which happened to include the Browns and the Bears. Brandon Weeden II…

  11. I hope the national media actually read the Marcus Hayes article that claims the Eagles were not happy about Wentz working with a QB guru. That article was purely Hayes’ making assumptions. In the quotes that Hayes cites, in no way, shape, or form did the Eagles imply any issues with Wentz going to CA.

    And besides… as per the CBA, Wentz cannot workout with Eagles coaches in certain parts of the offseason anyway, so it would be foolish to think that whatever issues Wentz has could be corrected during OTAs and training camp.

  12. Man there is some real idiots here in the comments. Wentz is going to be a really really good QB in this league. Dare I say top 5 at some point. He has all the tools you want, the work ethic, and the intelligence.

    His mechanics and play was near perfect the first 4 games, then his RT (one of the best in the league btw) gets suspended for 10 games and the OL goes into a flux. Lane Johnson comes back and the Eagles win those 2 games.

    He was from a small school, had little preseason time, was the 3rd QB working with the 3rd team receivers and backs, learned he was the starter 8 days before the season, and had factually the worst group of receivers in the NFL.

    Excuse me if you dont buy your guy’s criticism of Wentz. Kid showed more promise with the worst offensive roster that I can remember. Kid is going to be really good. I truly cant see him (with his talent and work ethic and personality) failing. He will be good.

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