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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General News (Tue Jan 15): is the team's "starting quarterback going forward," head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the team's season-ending news conference.
Week 20: bye week
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
2018 Week 14 vs DAL (22 / 32 / 228 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Wentz's stat line looks better than he played against the Cowboys defense. Late in the game, Wentz posted multiple impressive throws including a long completion to Nelson Agholor and a laser touchdown to Dallas Goedert. However, the Eagles offense totaled 70 yards in the first half and Wentz had a strip fumble. Also contributing to the sluggish start were overthrows of wide open receivers like Dallas Goedert and Golden Tate downfield. Wentz also took a sack on the fringe of field goal range and was stuffed on a third-and-short option run. It was a forgettable first half which Philadelphia dug themselves out of over the final 30 minutes to force overtime. While Wentz did not throw an interception, he was notably not on the same page with Zach Ertz on two occasions, both on third down and one of them was nearly a turnover. With the Eagles on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, the Rams up next is a critical matchup.
2018 Week 13 vs WAS (27 / 39 / 306 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
Wentz had a clean game going against Washington until a horrible goal line interception, keeping the game close for a few more possessions. Wentz was processing quickly, especially against the blitz, and the quick game to Zach Ertz and Golden Tate aided Wentz avoiding pressure and optimizing his throws. Outside of the interception, Wentz was sharp in the red zone, extending a third down to find Golden Tate for a score and a spot throw for a touchdown slant to Jordan Matthews right on the numbers. The notable misses include a wide open Nelson Agholor on a crossing route and a potential big play to Zach Ertz against a linebacker down the sideline. Dallas offers a much stiffer test in a divisional showdown next week.
2018 Week 12 vs NYG (20 / 28 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Wentz played a clean game without turnovers and led a comeback from an early 19-3 deficit for the home win against the Giants. Wentz was pressured in key moments with three drives, two in field goal range, ending with sacks. Wentz was also stuffed on a third-down read option leading to a field goal. Two of Wentz's best throws came into small windows to Golden Tate, but Wentz was a relative non-factor in the Eagles' win as the team shifted to a run-centric offense for the first time in weeks with success. The critical gauntlet of games continues next week against Washington.
2018 Week 11 vs NO (19 / 33 / 156 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Wentz had his worst game of the season in the road blowout loss to the Saints. The Eagles were down big early and the loss of center Jason Kelce in-game did not help matters. Into the second quarter, the Eagles had zero first downs and were down 31-7 by early in the third quarter. With a negative game script and minimal run-game presence, Wentz attempted to do everything himself. However, two sacks killed promising drives in the first half and Wentz mired with less than 100 yards even midway through the third quarter. The mistakes mounted in the second half to prevent even garbage time production and a couple token touchdown drives to make the final score look a little better. A high snap on fourth down in their own territory prompted a high throw from Wentz towards Zach Ertz and essentially the end of the Eagles' competitiveness for the outcome. Wentz added two more interceptions on risky throws, one across his body and another deep heave into traffic, late in the game to finish the forgettable performance.
2018 Week 10 vs DAL (32 / 44 / 360 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
The home loss to Dallas was a tale of two halves for Wentz. Two notable poor throws limited the Eagles passing game early on, including an ugly interception over the middle and Wentz's late throw to an open Alshon Jeffery down the sideline turning into a tipped-away incompletion. Wentz turned hot in the second half, however, with perfect throws to Nelson Agholor deep and a back shoulder red zone touchdown to Zach Ertz. The lack of a run game hurt Wentz and the Eagles as Dallas consistently pinned their ears back with a pass rush for key stops. The Eagles passing game will need to be operating at full speed next week in New Orleans.
2018 Week 8 vs JAX (21 / 30 / 286 / 3 / 1 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
While the Eagles still got the win this week against the Jaguars, Carson Wentz's ball security and avoiding negative plays is an area to clean up if the Eagles are to challenge for another NFC conference crown. Wentz had a strip fumble halt the opening drive, an ugly end zone interception, plus three drive-halting sacks. Both tackles were out for a chunk of the game, adding to Wentz's degree of difficulty within the pocket. Wentz was at his best when the game got to the fourth quarter and was still in doubt with an accurate pass down the seam to Jordan Matthews for more than 30 yars and another laser to Matthews across his body to get into field goal range. Wentz's play-making ability masked moments where the offensive line's lackluster play showed to be a concern, but it is a clear limitation for the offense for future weeks.
2018 Week 7 vs CAR (30 / 37 / 310 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Wentz was on fire against Carolina, running out to a 17-0 lead with his hyper-efficient play. However, 17 points was not enough as the Panthers stormed back for the win. Wentz has progressed in his comfort level and command by the week since returning from injury. Amidst his near-perfect passing performance (81% completion rate), Wentz did have two should-have-been interceptions while in comeback mode late in the game. One was an ill-advised floater over the middle fortunately dropped by the defensive back. The other was a poor contested throw into the end zone. Wentz also fumbled on fourth down, the Eagles' last gasp for the win. Wentz converted a fourth down sneak on two occasions, but also was stuffed when pushing for a goal line touchdown on the ground. The Eagles lacked balance with the run game this week, but the strides for Carson Wentz back to one of the best passing offenses in the NFL are signs of optimism heading to a critical London matchup with reeling Jacksonville in London next week.
2018 Week 6 vs NYG (26 / 36 / 278 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Wentz played his first game without a turnover of the season, a sound victory over the offensively-challenged Giants. The offensive line struggled early to protect Wentz as pocket pressure was constant on Wentz's drop backs. Even the pressure did not deter Wentz as a notable play saw Wentz hit during his motion with the ball helpless floating into the air downfield. Nelson Agholor made a play on the ball, turning the potential turnover into a long gain. Two highlight throws for Wentz were extending a third down to find an open Agholor for 50+ yards and a beautiful corner route red zone touchdown to Zach Ertz in the second quarter as the Eagles began to separate on the scoreboard in the blowout. Wentz is finding his rhythm with three straight games of multiple touchdowns without an interception and the suspect Panthers passing defense up next.
2018 Week 5 vs MIN (24 / 35 / 311 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 26 / 0 rush)
Wentz continued to move well in his third game back from major knee surgery. With a small margin of error against a fully-capable Vikings team, the occasional errors were enough to log a loss for the Eagles. Wentz was not overly pressured, but a third down sack early in the game and being pressured into a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown, were noteworthy plays in key moments. Wentz struggled this week connecting with Alshon Jeffery, which was not an issue last week. Wentz did deliver a number of positive throws to the intermediate areas of the field, including to Sheldon Gibson in tight coverage, a 30+ yard throw to Alshon Jeffery while moving back in the pocket, a perfect wheel route to Wendell Smallwood, and a corner route to Zach Ertz to stay alive late. Wentz had little help from the run game, not from an efficiency standpoint, but only 12 running back carries compared to 35 passes and five Wentz runs.
2018 Week 4 vs TEN (33 / 50 / 348 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
The offensive line did not play particularly well against the Titans as Carson Wentz dealt with pressure on many obvious passing down situations. On early-game drives, Wentz took hits on two straight plays to result in a punt, a sack killed the second drive, and another third down massive hit thwarted a first half drive. On the positive side, Wentz's movement is outstanding considering this was his second game since returning from a major knee surgery. Wentz was also bold and accurate down the field, including to Alshon Jeffery in his 2018 debut. Despite building a 17-3 mid-third quarter lead, the Eagles stalled on offense with a fumble lost in their own territory and a near interception (and stalling for a field goal) in overtime, contributing to the loss. While Nelson Agholor took a step back in his play, the addition of Alshon Jeffery as a focal point and Jordan Matthews adding another solid option to the previously-depleted wide receiver corps are positive takeaways heading into a key Week 5 tilt against the Vikings.
2018 Week 3 vs IND (25 / 37 / 255 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Wentz made his 2018 season debut in Week 3 against the Colts. There were no training wheels or restrictions on Wentz from the opening snap as Wentz was bold with his throws to the intermediate zones of the field and he worked from empty sets and eluded pass rushers. Wentz led the offense straight down the field for a touchdown on their opening drive, highlighted by a third down slant to Zach Ertz and red zone seam route to a wide open Dallas Goedert for the score. Two specific plays against pressure tested Wentz's knee and overall mobility in the first half. Both times Wentz eluded the first defender and on the first delivered a strike to Goedert and on the second scrambled for a first down. While the game started with an outstanding opening drive, the second half showed a sputtering Eagles passing game and rust from Wentz overall. Wentz stared down Ertz for his lone interception and added a lost fumble and stalled red zone drive resulting in a field goal, all contributing to the game still being in doubt until the final moments.
Latest NewsEagles | Philly going forward with Carson Wentz (Tue Jan 15, 12:06 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) is the team's 'starting quarterback going forward ,' head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the team's season-ending news conference. Our View: After Nick Foles led them to the playoffs in 2018, many wondered what the future held for Wentz. It looks like the Eagles are going with Wentz. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2016 but when healthy he has the skill to be one of the best in the league at his position. We'll see if the Eagles can trade Foles this offseason.
link to story Eagles | Divisional Playoffs Philadelphia Eagles inactives (Sun Jan 13, 03:12 PM) - The Philadelphia Eagles have declared LB B.J. Bello, CB Sidney Jones, OT Matt Pryor, DT Bruce Hector, WR Mike Wallace, QB Carson Wentz and OG Chance Warmack inactive for Divisional Playoffs. link to story Eagles | Philadelphia's injury report for Week 19 (Fri Jan 11, 02:58 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for the NFC Division Round game against the New Orleans Saints. DE Michael Bennett (foot), WR Shelton Gibson (hamstring), OT Jason Peters (quad) and WR Mike Wallace (ankle) were limited in practice Friday, Jan. 11, and are listed as questionable. LB D.J. Alexander (hamstring) and CB Sidney Jones (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. WRs Alshon Jeffery (ribs) and Golden Tate (knee) also were full participants in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Eagles | Carson Wentz remains sidelined at practice (Thu Jan 10, 06:51 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) remained out of practice Thursday, Jan. 10. link to story Eagles | No practice for Carson Wentz (Wed Jan 9, 04:10 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (back) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 9. Our View: Nick Foles is going to start for the Eagles on Sunday in the Divisional Round against the Saints. We'll see if Wentz is wearing street clothes of if the team wants him as the backup to Foles. It's likely Nate Sudfeld serves as the backup to Foles once again on Sunday.
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