Rookies aren’t supposed to look like they know the answers to the test. Carson Wentz doesn’t look like a rookie.
He didn’t have a huge stat line in the Eagles 29 – 14, rear naked choke hold submission of the Bears last night. He was 21 of 43 for 190 yards and a touchdown. What he did show, was a complete poise and command of the Eagles offense and team that had you wondering how this kid is possibly a rookie. Philly confused the Bears with a full compliment of complex formation shifts, and read option looks which Wentz ran capably.
He commands the pocket like he’s been in the league for 5 years. It’s weird. He makes quick decisions and gets the ball out while feeling the pass rush, but he doesn’t panic or shrink in the pocket. He doesn’t hear the invisible footsteps that many rookies hear, which eventually speeds up their internal clock and gets them bounced form the league.
It’s only two games into his career, but all the signs are there. Wentz is the real deal.
When he recognizes the blitz and gets the ball out, it looks like a product of preparation, not reaction and happening to hit the hot receiver. It’s weird. You just don’t see it. Now the Eagles are 2 – 0, after beating the Bears so bad that Jay Cutler head to the locker room for extra sulking before the final whistle.
The one major critique to Wentz’s prime time debut was that he took some brutal shots when he tucked it and ran. That’s never a recipe for longevity. Wentz appears to be a quick study, and sliding should be lesson one from the Eagles coaching staff this week. Eagles fans hope he learns quicker than RGIII.
— NFL (@NFLonLive) September 20, 2016