Wentz Earns NFC Offensive Player of the Week Honors
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The accolades keep pouring in for Carson Wentz but things got a lot more tangible for the star rookie Wednesday when he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Coach Doug Pederson compared Wentz’s preparation to Peyton Manning earlier this week while NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger upped that ante by saying Wentz was Manning pre-snap and Aaron Rodgers post-snap.
Yours truly compared the former North Dakota State star to Hall of Famer Brett Favre and Pederson made that same connection when he was talking to Favre himself on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
That hyperbole might be a bit much but Wentz has been lights out during his first three games as a pro and he earned the OPOW honors after throwing for 302 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-3 rout of the highly-regarded Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Wentz is the first rookie QB since the 1970 merger to win his first three starts without turning the football over, and has connected on 64 of 102 passes for 769 yards and five TDs with no interceptions, an almost unthinkable run to start a career.
“He can recall things fast and quickly,” Pederson said. “He’s a different player that way. For a young kid to do that, it’s special.”
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