Why Has Carson Wentz Played So Well In 2017?
In his second year in the NFL, Carson Wentz has thrown 28 Touchdown so far this season, which is the most by any Eagles Quarterback in franchise history through 11 games. Those 28 Touchdowns are also the most in NFL through Week 12 - the only Quarterbacks to lead the league in touchdown passes in their first two seasons starting were Dan Marino (1984) and Kurt Warner (1999). Wentz only needs to throw five more touchdown passes to break the franchise record for most in a season by an Eagles Quarterback, a record set back in 1961 by Sonny Jurgensen.
NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger joined The Sports Bash on Tuesday and discussed why Wentz has played so well in 2017:
“He’s great before the snap, getting them out of a bad play, getting them into a good play, he can figure all that stuff out. He’s really good at carrying out his ball fakes and using deception, that’s a really big part of his game that you can tell he works real hard at; he reminds me a lot of Brett Favre….His footwork is exception right now, his footwork is up there with (Tom) Brady and (Drew) Brees and that’s why he’s up there at the top of the (statistical) charts with those two guys – Last year Doug (Pederson) said that he need to improve upon it…certain coaches sat down with (Wentz) at the end of the year and said ‘if you want to take the next step then you will have to work on your steps’ and he has. And if you ever watch him go through his progressions, just watch his footwork, his feet are always underneath him, he’s always in a position to throw the ball and that’s why he’s so much more accurate this year in every phase of the passing game right now, his footwork has really improved.”
Checkout what Baldinger had to say about Alshon Jeffery, Eagles' Offensive and Defensive Line Play, along with more NFL talk