Carson Wentz Ranked Among Best Deep Passers in 2019
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’s ability to throw the deep ball was ranked among the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL in 2019.
According to Pro Football Focus Wentz ranked as the 10th-best passer when throwing the football at least 20 yards downfield, keep in mind, he played without DeSean Jackson essentially all season long.
Jackson appeared in just three games all season, catching nine passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 17.7 yards per catch.
Wentz had a completion percentage of 35.1% and a 79.4 passer rating on passes over 20 yards downfield in 2019 per PFF.
He was ranked ahead of veteran names like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, and Phillip Rivers.
“Heading into the 2019 season, we thought Carson Wentz might have the best receiving corps in the league to throw to. By the end of it, they were all hurt and he was tossing passes to a former college quarterback and AAF star in Greg Ward. DeSean Jackson being missing especially crippled Wentz’s ability to win deep down the field regularly, and though his passing itself was solid, the production the offense had on these attempts was lackluster at bes.”
As noted by PFF, the Eagles’ wide receiver corps looks a lot better at the start of the for Wentz than it did by the end of the season.
The Eagles could not find a reliable option after DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery were lost to injury, eventually turning to college quarterback Greg Ward. Ward caught 28 balls, and ended up as one of the top receivers on the team, even though he appeared in just seven games.