QB Carson Wentz - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-5, 237||Born: 12-30-1992||College: North Dakota St.||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2016|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Wentz predictably put up good numbers in the loss to Miami and he should continue to be in the QB1 conversation against the Giants hapless secondary this week.
Week 14: vs New York Giants
FBG says: Great matchup. Philadelphia's struggling passing attack finally got back on the board last week with just its second 300-yard passing day of the season, and its first since Week 1. Volume-wise, the Eagles' pass offense grades as a middle-of-the-road unit, lacking eye-popping volume, yardage, touchdown, or interception totals. However, they rank 23rd in the NFL in net yards per attempt, which encapsulates the unit's overall struggles to move the ball efficiently through the air. Quarterback Carson Wentz's main issues in 2019 have been due to a lack of chemistry and trust with his backup receivers, as their starters have struggled to remain healthy. With Alshon Jeffery returning to action last weekend, Wentz looked his way early and often, peppering him with 16 targets, connecting 9 times for 137 yards and a score. Elsewhere, Dallas Goedert continues to grow in Philadelphia's passing attack, especially as Zach Ertz battles a hamstring injury. Ertz's passing volume will likely tail off in the coming weeks from the double-digit target numbers he posted in November, as the Eagles' receiving corps returns to near-full-strength. A potentially-lingering hamstring injury could also limit his role in the team's aerial attack, leading to increased action for Goedert. Expect Carson Wentz to rely heavily upon his established pass-catchers, like Jeffery, Goedert, and Ertz, if he is fully-healthy, down the stretch this season, as the team vies for an unwarranted spot in the playoffs. The New York Giants, considering they frequently are playing from behind, rarely face pass-heavy offensive attacks. Through 12 games, the Giants have defended the 6th fewest pass attempts in the league, yet they have allowed the 8th-most passing yards, 8th most passing touchdowns, and the 2nd most net yards per attempt in the league. In all, there is very little to get excited about on this defense, aside from one shining rookie in the secondary. Along the defensive line, Leonard Williams, whom the Giants acquired from in-town rivals, the New York Jets, is the team's most effective pass-rusher. However, even his pass-rushing numbers have not been too impressive this season, grading as a slightly-above-average pass-rusher during his time with the Giants. The glaring weakness of this unit is in the defensive backfield. New York's secondary is one of the worst in the NFL, and their struggles are the primary reason that the Giants rank amongst the league's worst pass defenses this season. Rookie DeAndre Baker has struggled during his time as a starter for the Giants, and opposite him, Janoris Jenkins has not been much better. These two grade as one of the worst cornerback pairs in the NFL against the pass, as they've allowed 8 100-yard receivers this season. Julian Love, a rookie safety out of Notre Dame, is the lone bright spot on this defense. Love, filling in for the injured Jabrill Peppers, has played just over two full games of NFL action, but he has impressed throughout that time. His emergence could bolster one of the league's weakest pass defenses down the stretch. Overall, expect Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles' passing attack to build some momentum in Week 14 against another porous pass defense as they try to creep up on the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Carson Wentz's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs MIA (28 / 46 / 310 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Wentz rebounded in Miami, posting his first 300-yard game in nearly two months and the same with at least three touchdowns. Wentz did not scramble in the game, a rarity for the mobile quarterback, as he rolled out on many occasions and was fueled by the return of Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor to a maligned wide receiver group. Wentz at two near interceptions in addition to a hail mary interception on the final play of the game in a comeback attempt. Wentz was surgical at times with stick throws downfield to Alshon Jeffery on two occasions and a perfect corner route to Nelson Agholor on a two-point conversion. The Giants and Washington continue the string of quality matchups for Wentz and the passing game as their playoff chances dwindle with the crushing road loss to Miami.
2019 Week 12 vs SEA (33 / 45 / 256 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 27 / 0 rush)
Wentz struggled again the week, operating near empty in terms of his wide receiver weapons in the home loss to Seattle. Wentz had pockets of the game where he pressed the envelope too much trying to make a play and then being passive and indecisive due to his lack of clarity and trust. Wentz contributed four turnovers including a fumbled exchange with Miles Sanders and fumbled (but recovered) on a drive-killing third down sack. Wentz had four poor throws (in addition to his interceptions) to squander open receivers, including two towards Miles Sanders and a fourth down back-breaker towards J.J. Arcega-Whiteside late in the game. Fortunately, Wentz has a rosy schedule the next three weeks with the Dolphins, Giants, and Washington to get well through the air even with less-than-stellar weapons on the outside.
2019 Week 11 vs NE (20 / 40 / 214 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
It was tough sledding for Wentz against the Patriots defense. Plus, the Eagles offense was without Jordan Howard, DeSean Jackson, and Alshon Jeffery of note. Wentz moved well to extend plays, but the lack of weapons was a clear limitation to stretch the field and win head-to-head matchups. Wentz avoided interceptions and shaky decisions throwing the football with his lone misstep being a strip fumble in the pocket before halftime. Wentz peppered Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert with modest success but the lack of wide receiver impact was a difference in the game. Wentz's best throws were a laser slant to Goedert for a goal line touchdown and escaping pressure in his own end zone for a long completion to sparsely used rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside pressed into playing time.
2019 Week 9 vs CHI (26 / 39 / 239 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 15 / 0 rush)
Wentz played his second straight clean game without turnovers, posting the home win over Chicago. Wentz found his strong connection with Zach Ertz, accounting for nearly half of his yardage for the game as his lone touchdown, a laser pass on an Ertz post route to the end zone. Wentz's clean game did feature two untimely third-down sacks and overthrowing a wide open Alshon Jeffery down the sideline to thwart a big play. Wentz had DeSean Jackson active for the first time since Week 2, but Jackson exited early with an abdomen injury. The Patriots present a strong test for Wentz and the Eagles offense after their Week 10 bye.
2019 Week 8 vs BUF (17 / 24 / 172 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 35 / 0 rush)
Battling the wind and a tough Buffalo defense, Wentz emerged with the impressive road win in a run-centric offensive attack. Wentz's play focused on timely passes to continue drives more than an air-raid approach with the wind being a substantial impact especially in the quarters driving towards the gust. Wentz's best plays came on third down, including a scramble, designed run, and deep out to Alshon Jeffery, all to extend drives. Wentz paired with Jeffery on a perfect sideline throw for nearly 40 yards for his longest play of the game and nearly added a touchdown on a deep out to Zach Ertz down to the goal line on another occasion. With DeSean Jackson still out of the lineup there is a deep element missing from the Eagles passing game as Miles Sanders to some extent has served as a proxy. However, Sanders exited with a shoulder injury.
2019 Week 7 vs DAL (16 / 26 / 191 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Mistakes and negative game script were watch words for the Eagles offense in the road blowout loss in Dallas. Wentz lost a fumble in his own red zone and took a third-down sack amidst a clunky first half and 20-point deficit. Impact plays were present for Wentz as he made several forays away from pocket pressure, like spinning from the rush with a stick throw to Nelson Agholor down the sideline on one occasion and hitting Alshon Jeffery between defenders on another. Wentz was hot in the third quarter, but the momentum did not translate to much of a comeback and was short lived. Wentz threw into traffic for an early fourth quarter interception, essentially the dagger in a 20-point game, and later had a fumble and should have thrown another interception but the pass was dropped by the defense in scoring range.
2019 Week 6 vs MIN (26 / 40 / 306 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 23 / 0 rush)
Negative game script was the theme of Week 6 for the Eagles offense and Carson Wentz faced a 21-point deficit by the mid-second quarter. Still without DeSean Jackson, Wentz peppered Alshon Jeffery with short targets and exploited Miles Sanders in the passing game in his best moments. Nelson Agholor served as a potential big-play proxy as well. Wentz's lone interception killed garbage time production in the closing minutes, and he had two other should-have-been interceptions on risky throws earlier in the game. Wentz was at his best with a goal-line improv, finding Alshon Jeffery for the stick-throw touchdown and a 50/50 trust throw to Alshon Jeffery down the sideline. DeSean Jackson is inching closer to a return to unlock the offense down the field as the Eagles have a critical divisional matchup in Dallas in Week 7.
2019 Week 5 vs NYJ (17 / 29 / 189 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Not much was needed from Wentz in the defense-infused blowout win over the Jets. However, Wentz did leave big plays on the field with two deep overthrows, both to Nelson Agholor, as missed long touchdown opportunities. Wentz's highlights included a perfect wheel route to Miles Sanders for more than 35 yards and eluding a free rusher and hitting Zach Ertz on a deep crossing route for a 'wow' play. The blowout win also sent Wentz to the bench in the mid-fourth quarter as Josh McCown collected the final snaps of the comfortable home win. The Vikings present a much stiffer test for the Eagles offense in Week 6.
2019 Week 4 vs GB (16 / 27 / 160 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 13 / 0 rush)
Wentz played a clean game of no turnovers in the road win over the Packers. The Eagles offense won in the trenches with an outstanding run game resulting in Wentz's role being more of a game manager than an overt playmaker. Wentz's best throws came on slant routes and in the red zone, namely to Dallas Goedert and Alshon Jeffery. Also, Wentz added two third-down sneak conversions as a runner. Wentz's missed connections included two early throws to Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz, both high of the mark, and a wide-open Alshon Jeffery on a key mid-fourth quarter third-down play which could have prevented the Packers from getting a final drive to attempt to tie the game.
2019 Week 3 vs DET (19 / 36 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)
Wentz had a rough start to the game (home loss) against Detroit. Wentz was high on a number of early-game throws. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson missed the game which did not aid his efforts. Wentz held the ball too long in general throughout the game as receivers struggled to separate downfield. One of Wentz's highlight throws, a perfect deep corner route to Dallas Goedert in the end zone, was dropped. Wentz nearly scored on a red zone scramble down to the goal line but also was stopped on a fourth-down jaunt as the Eagles were in last-gasp comeback mode in their own territory. Without a full complement of weapons, Wentz has struggled for consistency over the past two games with a critical matchup in Green Bay up next.
2019 Week 2 vs ATL (25 / 43 / 231 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 3 / 1 rush)
Wentz missed the late second quarter but returned in the third against the Falcons, a strange game where the Eagles were gutted by in-game injuries of DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Goedert. Wentz battled but was questionable with his accuracy throughout the game. Wentz had two interceptions, one largely a punt as it floated downfield on third down, with the other an ugly decision to no one in particular. Despite being down by multiple scores in the second half and a shell of their typical weapons, Wentz brought the Eagles back with multiple touchdowns including a goal line laser to Nelson Agholor on fourth down and a goal line sneak to take the lead with three minutes left. More than Wentz's own injury status, the health of his supporting cast is the watch list heading into Week 3.
2019 Week 1 vs WAS (28 / 39 / 313 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Wentz played a clean game against Washington without a glaring poor decision or wildly inaccurate miss downfield. Wentz found DeSean Jackson on two long touchdowns, an element does not present for the 2018 Eagles offense. Wentz extended a third-and-goal play, rolling out to hit Alshon Jeffery for a score as well as another play extension on third down to Zach Ertz later in the game. Wentz was efficient with his rushing attempts beyond the box score with a third down and fourth conversion respectively. With the Eagles' collection of weapons, Wentz showed the potential of this offense after a relatively slow start for more than a quarter against Washington.
Latest NewsEagles | Three scores for Carson Wentz (Sun Dec 1, 09:05 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz completed 28 of his 46 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 37-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 13. link to story Eagles | Carson Wentz expected to play (Fri Nov 29, 04:44 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (hand) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 13. link to story Eagles | Philadelphia's Week 13 injury report (Fri Nov 29, 03:45 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable for Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins. RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) remained a limited participant in practice all week and is also listed as questionable. DE Vinny Curry (non-injury), WR Nelson Agholor (knee), WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle), OT Jason Peters (knee), OG Brandon Brooks (illness), OT Lane Johnson (concussion) and QB Carson Wentz (hand) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Eagles | Carson Wentz fully practices (Thu Nov 28, 05:59 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (hand) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 28. Our View: Even with a banged up group of WRs (and banged up himself), Wentz against the Dolphins has a lot of Fantasy GMs drooling. Wentz should be able to perform like a top-10 QB in Week 13.
link to story Eagles | Thursday's practice report for Philadelphia (Thu Nov 28, 03:20 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 28. WR Nelson Agholor (knee), RB Jordan Howard (shoulder), WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and OT Jason Peters (knee) were limited. OG Brandon Brooks (illness), OT Lane Johnson (concussion), QB Carson Wentz (hand) and DE Vinny Curry (non-injury) practiced in full. link to story More News
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