Carson Wentz, the No.2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, has become the talk of the town. The young quarterback has helped the Philadelphia Eagles begin the new season with a 2-0 record.
After the steering the Eagles 29-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday, Wentz became the first NFL passer in history to win his first two career games without a solitary interception or turnover.
Now, that is mighty impressive!
It’s very rare for quarterbacks to be thrust into the starting unit. But this season has seen rookies Wentz and Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) embrace the pressure and deliver as starters.
Besides Wentz and Prescott, Jacoby Brissett is set to start for the New England Patriots on Thursday since Tom Brady is suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo is nursing a shoulder injury.
Meanwhile, Cody Kessler is also set to take over the starting job for the Cleveland Browns after Josh McCown and Robert Griffin III went down with injuries.
But what makes Carson Wentz stand out?
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In his first two games, Wentz has shown accuracy and a fluid throwing motion, never giving opposition defenses any openings. He was 21 of 34 against the Bears but could have finished with a better stat line if his receivers were nearly as receptive.
Jordan Matthews, who was guilty of not finishing some of Wentz’s amazing passes, showered praise on his young quarterback teammate after Monday’s win.
“The game is not too big for him (Wentz). Whether it is Monday Night Football, Thursday morning practice, it’s going to be the same thing to him. He’s going to come out. He’s going to be poised. He’s going to make his reads. He’s going to make great decisions.
“I’m glad everybody got to see it on a national stage,” said the Eagles wide receiver.
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Similar to Roethlisberger….
Eagles coach Doug Pederson has compared Wentz to Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger ahead of Sunday’s marquee clash between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
“Carson has the ability to extend plays with his legs; Ben is big, strong, physical in the pocket, hard to bring down and continues to have great vision down the field.
“I think that’s one of Carson’s strengths, is he continues to have that vision down the field when things begin to break down
“So, yeah, there’s a lot of similarities there. And the fact that they’re both very good throwers outside the pocket is a tribute to both of them,” the Eagles coach said on Tuesday.
The Steelers (2-0), who have also begun the season on a strong note, know they are up against a charged up Eagles team that many analysts believe could shock the world and win the NFC East.
“Carson is doing a great job of making reads and getting them in good plays and maybe getting them out of some bad plays.
He’s showing great maturity for a young guy from that perspective in terms of the amount of communication he’s involved with. … Those who are successful generally don’t play like rookies.” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
It’s rare for a 23-year-old rookie quarterback to display such poise.
And that’s why the Philadelphia Eagles have hit a homerun by trading Sam Bradford and pinning their hopes on young Carson Wentz.