The Philadelphia Eagles landed Carson Wentz with the second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. His overall numbers, much like the team last season was mediocre, but Wentz showed glimpses of why the Eagles selected the 6′ 5″ quarterback from North Dakota State. This year, Wentz has come into his own, leading the Eagles to the top record in the NFL at 6-1.
Showing how far Wentz has come, last season he threw for 3782 yards, but averaged only 6.23 yards per attempt and had a poor 16-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He added 150 yards rushing on 3.3 yards per attempt.
Wentz has benefited from a vastly improved group of players surrounding him with the likes of Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and LeGarrette Blount and the emergence of Zach Ertz. Wentz has taken advantage and is putting together an MVP-type season.
The last two games, both nationally televised prime-time games, Carson Wentz has dominated. He threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns in a win over the Panthers and 268 yards on 68 percent completion for four touchdowns against the Redskins.
To top his exploits throwing, Wentz has shown remarkable elusiveness or a big man. He performed a Houdini-like escape of appeared to be a certain third-down sack. His elusiveness turned a nine-yard loss into a 21 yard gain and a first down.
Wentz has developed excellent chemistry with Ertz, who has more receptions than any player in the NFL since last November. All told, Wentz is leading the NFL in touchdown passes with 17. Through seven games he has eclipsed last year’s season totals in touchdowns and rushing yards.
The Eagles have the easiest schedule in the league the rest of the way based on the win-loss record of remaining opponents. They must take each game at a time, but Wentz appears to have the poise to lead this team to the postseason, barring injury. The Eagles still have to play Dallas twice, but at 3-0 in the division, control of their own destiny.
Can the second year Wentz lead the Eagles from last to first? Time will tell, but the signs are in his favor as we near the midpoint of the season.