Carson Wentz may have problems in Philadelphia in his final season as the Hawks in 2020, but the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is still a very dynamic, talented four. The shooting guard, whose former team will see the Eagles take on the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field this Sunday at 1 p.m.
Wentz ranks second in the NFL in passing (650 yards) behind Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa (740) and behind Tagovailoa (740) and Jalen Hurts (723) in total yards in two games (685) Third.
On Monday against Minnesota’s passive cannonball defense, he dared to pitch, and Hurts became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards (333 yards) with a completion rate of over 80% (83.9%) and garnered in the same game Two rushing touchdowns.
While Hertz went on to create an MVP year, Wentz has quietly made his own success. The Hawks lead the NFL offensively, averaging 470.5 yards per game, second in rushing (189.5 yards per game, behind Cleveland’s 200.5), first in yards per catch (9.1), and more importantly, third Second in batting efficiency (56.7 percent conversion rate at 17/30, behind league-leading Buffalo’s 14/23 at 60.9 percent), Washington under Wentz also excels in key areas.
The Commanders are third in the league in 3-point efficiency, and Wentz and the Commanders have been perfect in the red zone this season, converting all five of their red zone chances. Wentz’s best drop was in third, where he finished 17-of-21 for 212 yards and a 148.3 quarterback rating.
Although Wentz always likes to struggle at certain moments of the game. He is the front runner. When things are going well, he plays well. In the Commanders’ 36-27 loss to Detroit, Washington scored five of their six possessions in the first half, while another created a safety. He’s good at playing from behind or with a big lead. He will make mistakes. Washington has a chance, as long as the Eagles turn the ball over.
Against Detroit, Washington’s left tackle Charles Leno and right tackle Sam Cosme had their hands full with Lions first-round pick Aidan Hutchinson, who had three Sack and 3 fast breaks. Wentz was under a lot of pressure. That would be the Hawks’ plan: Force Wentz to play faster, which would force his skill set to deteriorate.
Wentz was happy to hand his first loss of the season to his old club.
He is capable.
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sports writer in the Philadelphia area who has written features for SI.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com, MLB.com, Deadspin and the Philadelphia Daily News. In 2006, he was nominated for an Emmy for a special on ESPN.com called “Love at First Beep.” He is most noted for his award-winning ESPN.com feature on high school wrestler AJ Detwiler in February 2006, and his breaking story on Carson Wentz for PhillyVoice on January 21, 2019. In 2015, he was elected president of the Boxing Writers Association America’s.