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QB Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles

6-5, 237Born: 12-30-1992College: North Dakota St.Drafted: Round 1, pick 2

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General News (Fri Jan 26): said the timetable for his return is fluid but hopes to be ready for the regular season opener next season. He said he tore his lateral collateral ligament in addition to his anterior cruciate ligament.

Week 21: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Good matchup. Nick Foles has been a roller coaster this season as he looked extremely shaky heading into the playoffs but ultimately has been tremendous in the playoffs as he has completed over 75% of his passes in each of his two playoff games. The reason for this is that the Eagles have simplified the offense and have focused on shorter higher percentage passes to Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and the running backs in Corey Clement and Jay Ajayi. The Eagles have moved away from Nelson Agholor who was a primary receiver with Carson Wentz but has largely been a non-factor with Nick Foles outside of going back to his slot receiving role that he had last season. The Patriots secondary has been one that has struggled for most of the year as they allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks as they allowed 270 yards per game and 1.5 touchdowns per game. These numbers are a little bit skewed as teams who are behind ultimately are going to be forced to throw more, but the Patriots secondary is one that is not great as Eric Rowe out of the slot and Malcolm Butler have both struggled this season. The one area that the Patriots have been very strong at this season is against the tight end which could cause issues for the Eagles as they will likely rely on Zach Ertz in this game, but the Patriots create game plans to take the tight end out of the game as they did with Travis Kelce, Jared Cook, the Chargers tight ends, Charles Clay, Delanie Walker. They held all of these tight ends to under 50 yards as Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty have done a great job as linebackers matching up against these tight ends.

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs LAR (23 / 41 / 291 / 4 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)

Wentz was having another very good game this week throwing for four touchdowns, but the play that everyone is talking about is Wentz trying to scramble for a touchdown and he took a low hit. While he stayed in the game, he went to the locker room almost immediately after the drive.

2017 Week 13 vs SEA (29 / 45 / 348 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 30 / 0 rush)

Looking at the box score won't tell the full story on Wentz as he struggled in the first half, but was terrific in the second half. In the second-half the Eagles used more movement and have Wentz rolling out away from pressure in order to make the throws and buy his receivers a little bit more time. Wentz made an all-time great throw to start the fourth-quarter of this game as he was being brought down from behind on the run and as he was falling was able to throw the ball 40 yards to Nelson Agholor who was wide open. As good as this throw was, turnovers including a fumble on the one-yard line that went out of the back of the endzone turned out to be the deciding factor in this game for the Eagles.

2017 Week 12 vs CHI (23 / 36 / 227 / 3 / 0 pass, 5 / 29 / 0 rush)

Wentz continues to be efficient as he leads the NFL in passing touchdowns and he added three more in this game. Wentz' pocket awareness continues to improve each week as he is stepping into almost every throw that he makes whether it is on a rollout or stepping up in the pocket to throw the ball accurately. The offensive line played absolutely tremendous all game in this one as Chicago only sacked Wentz once in this game. Wentz also showed off his athleticism on a 3rd and 9 play in which he should have been sacked but did a spin move in the pocket to elude the oncoming defensive players and used his speed to pick up a key first down.

2017 Week 11 vs DAL (14 / 27 / 168 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 13 / 0 rush)

Carson Wentz started off strong in this game as he completed his first five passes in this game, however that quickly turned as he completed just 9 of his next 22 passes. Wentz did not look comfortable for most of the game and was high on a lot of his throws. One thing Wentz did well was he avoided pressure as he was able to use his feet to avoid sacks as he scrambled outside the pocket for several times throughout the game. Wentz has now thrown for under 225 yards in four of his last five games as this team is going to a run-first offense.

2017 Week 9 vs DEN (15 / 27 / 199 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

The Eagles used Wentz' mobility in this game to setup the passing game as they used a lot of Wentz rolling out of the pocket to buy himself some time and to allow the receivers to get open. This was a tough matchup for Wentz and while he threw for four touchdowns he was not overly efficient completing just 55% of his passes. The one thing Wentz did well in this game was he utilized the size advantage his receivers had and throw the ball high to Jeffery, Burton, and Celek to allow their receivers to take advantage of their size advantage over the extremely talented Broncos secondary. Wentz threw four touchdown passes in this game, two to Alshon Jeffery in which he rolled out on both of them to by himself time, one pass to Corey Clement on a screen and his best pass of the day was to Trey Burton in which he threw a back shoulder throw to a spot which was the only spot Burton could catch it as there was a defender coming quickly over the top and a defender coming from the inside of the field.

2017 Week 8 vs SF (18 / 32 / 211 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

Carson Wentz struggled a little bit in this game as he never really looked comfortable in the weather conditions. The team also got out to a big lead at which point Wentz largely turned into a game manager not forcing anything down the field. Wentz also remained conservative with his legs as he ran the ball just twice in this game and tried to stay in the pocket for most of this game. Wentz was able to roll-out and buy himself time on a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz as who continued to work with him along the sideline. Wentz' other highlight play in this game was a play in which he underthrew Alshon Jeffery in a one-on-one coverage in which Jeffery went up and made the play and was able to run for 30 additional yards for the touchdown.

2017 Week 7 vs WAS (17 / 25 / 268 / 4 / 1 pass, 8 / 63 / 0 rush)

On the brightest stage of Monday Night Football, Carson Wentz delivered for the Eagles. The script started out very slow with Wentz throwing an interception on the first Eagles' drive of the game. He targeted Torrey Smith deep down the middle of the field, but Quinton Dunbar made a leaping grab in front of Smith. The Eagles trailed 10-3 before Wentz unloaded a 64-yard bomb to Mack Hollins. The most impressive part of this play was the ball traveled 60-yards in the air to reach Hollins in stride for the easy touchdown. Wentz then added a touchdown to his favorite target in Zach Ertz on a 2-yard out route. Ertz had room to catch the ball, break a tackle, and walk into the end zone. This was all set up by a 46-yard strike to Ertz earlier in the drive where Wentz was able to hit Ertz in stride on a deep crossing route. Wentz' next touchdown showcased his ability to escape the pass rush and make something out of nothing. After the pocket collapsed, Wentz shuffled long enough for Corey Clement to break free, he then lobbed a pass as he was being hit to the corner of the end zone, and Clement was able to come down with both feet just before going out of bounds. Wentz showed the ability to evade the pass rush, extend plays, and even break off long runs tonight. Wentz lead the Eagles in both passing and rushing tonight and the most impressive play came when he somehow managed to escape the scrum and go for 21-yards up the middle of the field. Wentz' final touchdown of the night came on a 10-yard strike to Nelson Agholor. Wentz was only asked to throw the ball 25 times tonight, but he was able to make the Redskins pay in almost every aspect of the game. With a prime matchup against San Francisco at home next week, Wentz looks to continue his string of dominance.

2017 Week 6 vs CAR (16 / 30 / 222 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 25 / 0 rush)

Wentz had his most inconsistent game so far this season as he had some accuracy issues in this game underthrowing some passes and completing only 53 of his passes. When the team needed him the most, he stepped up as he threw two perfect passes in the red zone to Zach Ertz for touchdowns, and threw a beautiful ball to Alshon Jeffery on a 37-yard pass hitting Jeffery perfectly in stride. Overall, Wentz dealt with some inaccuracy and poor decision making throwing to receivers who were not open instead of going through his reads to a non-primary receiver.

2017 Week 5 vs ARI (21 / 30 / 304 / 4 / 1 pass, 6 / 11 / 0 rush)

Carson Wentz showed off his ability in this game as his accuracy was very impressive in this game. His ability to hit his receivers in stride deep down the field was shown off on two passes to Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor, while his touch passes were shown off on a perfectly thrown wheel route for a touchdown to Trey Burton. Wentz looked calm in the pocket and was helped out tremendously by his offensive line as he was only sacked once in this game as he was able to use his feet to shift based on on-coming pressure. Overall a tremendous performance from Wentz in this game as he completed 70% of his passes which is something he has not done since October 30th, 2017.

2017 Week 4 vs LAC (17 / 31 / 242 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 14 / 0 rush)

Carson Wentz was not asked to do much in this game as the Eagles went with a run-heavy attack running the ball 42 times in this game while only throwing 31 times. When Wentz did throw the ball he had time as the offensive line played great in this game as Wentz was only sacked once in this game. Wentz made some terrific throws including a 38-yard pin-point pass to Zach Ertz on a seam route and Nelson Agholor on a 36-yard fly route. However, this was a tough matchup and Wentz did a good job of getting the ball away when nothing was there which led to the lower completion percentage in this game.

2017 Week 3 vs NYG (21 / 31 / 176 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 22 / 0 rush)

The Eagles went with a run-based attack after getting up early in this game and when they did pass they went with the short-intermediate routes as Wentz averaged just 5.7 yards per attempt in this game. Wentz continues the trend of 2016 where he throws for less volume at home than on the road as he only threw the ball 31 times and for someone who typically gets most of his value from throwing the ball it is a concern, but the matchup was a tough one in this game particularly when Janoris Jenkins was ruled active. Wentz continues to make plays with his feet as he picked up an 11 yard first down in the second quarter showcasing his athletic ability as he juked a blitzing linebacker to create space and run for 11 yards.

2017 Week 2 vs KC (25 / 46 / 333 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 55 / 0 rush)

Carson Wentz continues his hot start to the season from a fantasy perspective and this time it was using both his athletic ability as well as his arm in this game. From an actual football perspective he padded his stats with a lucky 53-yard pass to Zach Ertz which should have been intercepted and a garbage time touchdown to Nelson Agholor. When Wentz had time to throw he was able to utilize the size advantage of Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery throwing the ball up and letting them go get it. Wentz intentionally under-threw a back shoulder pass to Jeffery for a touchdown early in the third quarter for a touchdown. Late in the game while the Eagles were trailing, Wentz was able to convert several first downs with his legs as the receivers were going on deep routes with very little pass rush. A primary concern for Wentz continues to be fumbling the football and taking sacks. Wentz fumbled twice in this game and while he did not lose either of them, this was his third fumble of the early season. Wentz was also sacked six times and a portion of that was him holding onto the ball a little bit longer than he should.

2017 Week 1 vs WAS (26 / 39 / 307 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)

Carson Wentz looked in control of this offense this week as he enters his second season. Wentz threw an early interception that was returned for a touchdown on a ball that was tipped at the line of scrimmage, but recovered nicely for a very productive day. His best highlight of the day was Wentz scrambling in the pocket avoiding a sack and he kept his eyes downfield to find Nelson Agholor for a 58 yard touchdown. Wentz used his mobility several times in this game to evade the blitz to hit Zach Ertz on plays that he should have been sacked. The one area for improvement for Wentz is turnovers, he threw a backwards swing over his receivers head for a fumble.


Latest News

Eagles | Carson Wentz throwing at team facility (Tue Mar 20, 12:58 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) posted video of himself throwing inside the team's practice facility Monday, March 19, as he 'appears to be making some significant strides' in his rehab from a torn ACL and LCL.

Our View: It's incredible to see Wentz doing this so soon after surgery. His status for Week 1 is up in the air at this time, and he could be somewhat limited during training camp. If he continues to stay ahead of schedule in his recovery, Went should be ready to start in the season opener.
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