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Rookie Carson Wentz proving doubters wrong

Posted by Betonline Team on 9/23/2016 1:46:51 AM
Rookie Carson Wentz proving doubters wrong

It is confession time.

How many of you cringed when the NFL scouts told us that quarterback Carson Wentz was the next great thing? And how many of you laughed when the Philadelphia Eagles traded up twice and gave up a bunch of draft picks to get him?

The kid started just 23 games at North Dakota State before the Eagles used the second pick of the draft to tab him as their new Donovan McNabb.

No one is laughing now because Wentz and the Eagles are 2-0 after a convincing 29-14 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football. He stood up again under the bright lights and delivered an effective although unspectacular performance.

The Eagles came out with a safe passing package but still went three wide and an empty backfield. Wentz responded by hitting his first seven passes before settling for a Caleb Sturgis field goal. But the trend was set. This rookie is not going to be shaken, rattled or rolled.

“It was a lot of fun,” Wentz said. “For a coach to have confidence in me, we talked about it before the game. If we get a completion, just stay in it and keep going no huddle like that. It gave me confidence early on and it transferred over throughout the game.”

The Eagles are not very good in the red zone and were just three of 15 on third down conversions. His 86.6 passing rating was average at best. But the most important thing is Wentz has not thrown an interception in 71 pass attempts. Teams usually cannot win with rookies because they are turnover machines.

The NFL is often a league of ball security.

“Ball security is something I pride myself on and it’s something this offense prides itself on,” Wentz said. “Just controlling the ball. Protecting the football. Making smart decisions. Being aggressive but calculated. Knowing when to take chances.”

Here is our disclaimer now. His victories came over the Cleveland Browns and Bears. The Browns might be the worst franchise in the NFL and the Bears (0-2) are not scaring anybody. A big test comes this weekend when the Eagles travel to Pittsburgh to take on the unbeaten Steelers.

But so far, so good as the City of Brotherly Love celebrates another possible star. He is showing maturity as he takes command of the huddle and engages with coaches during the game. Two and oh. That is all the kid can think of right now.

“I’m feeling really good right now,” he said. “I’m playing with a lot of confidence. I usually feel good even when there are bad plays. Things happen. You just have to keep plugging away.”


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