CARSON Wentz is a more legit MVP candidate than Alex Smith. Smith’s numbers and record might look more impressive right now, but Smith is bolstered by much better receivers around him. Wentz however, is evolving before our eyes turning the likes of Nelson Agholor into the second coming of Jordy Nelson. With Philadelphia sitting at an NFC best 5-1 after a convincing win over the Panthers, Wentz’s and his Eagles are the real deal.
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FOR a period of time last year the rookie quarterback showed flashes that he could one day develop into a franchise signal-caller. Like any first-year player though the usual ups and downs that are commonly associated with an inexperienced player were on display. Wentz fired off to an early 3-0 record with over 750 yards, a perfect 5-0 TD-INT ratio and a 103.8 quarterback rating. Games 10-14 of his young career though saw Wentz complete less than 60% of his passes, throw eight picks and record a QB rate of 66 leading to the Eagles losing five straight games.
AFTER a full NFL preseason though Wentz looks much more comfortable and has improved on his weaknesses that plagued his 2016 campaign. He is taking more shots downfield forcing defenses to respect the deep ball, with the addition of Alshon Jefferey definitely a bonus in helping that aspect. He is more comfortable against blitz’s responding to added pressure with a veteran like poise. His ability to run at the right times is fast becoming another string to his bow, with nearly as many rushing yards through six games as he had all of last season looking more at ease and in control the whole time.
WENTZ has cut out the interceptions from his game as well. They weren’t a massive issue last season with his interception rate around league average, but after throwing 16 touchdowns and 14 picks last year his current 13 to 3 tally has been a massive reason the Eagles are sitting at 5-1. In those six games, Wentz has been remarkable on third down too throwing 37-of-52 for 574 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in third-down scenarios. Being able to convert at crucial times for his team is helping them turn three points into seven more often than not.
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THE natural improved growth from Wentz is helping the Eagles march through the NFC, improving to 5-1 after the win over Carolina. Once again Wentz was a factor throwing for 222 yards and three touchdowns against one of the NFL’s top defenses. If he continues to improve week in, week out then don’t rule out Philadelphia marching towards the best record in the league. His natural ability allowed him to rank in the middle of the pack for quarterbacks, but he is fast moving into the upper echelon and in the process improving his MVP odds right before our eyes. Sorry Alex Smith.
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