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Is Wentz Due For A Big Nosedive In Production?

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A Big Nosedive In Carson Wentz’s Production Is Not Likely

What a difference a year can make for a player. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ignited his MVP campaign against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6 after throwing three touchdowns for the second week in a row. So far this season, Wentz has completed 60.9% of his passes and thrown for 1,584 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and only three interceptions. However, can Wentz keep these numbers up? Can he avoid a big nosedive in the second half of the season? At this point, only an injury can stop Wentz from putting up numbers.

Wentz’s Veteran Approach To The Game Has Been Crucial To His Development

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich mentioned during a press conference last week that Wentz used to argue a lot with his former North Dakota State offensive coordinator Tim Polasek back in his college days. The exciting thing is Reich found this to be a good thing because “he knew what he wanted and knew what was good.” Wentz is the ideal NFL quarterback because of his six-foot-five frame and his ability to make all the throws. He is also very athletic for a quarterback, which makes it tough for defenders to bring him down. Ultimately, what truly separates the great quarterbacks from the good ones is their approach to the game.

He’s All About The Team, And That Makes A Huge Difference

An inflated ego can hurt a player in any sport. It can beat a football team, even more, when it is their quarterback because he’s the leader of the group. The most critical position in football continues to be that of the quarterback, and Wentz is embracing the role well. Wentz knows he cannot be great without his teammates on offense and that humility is paying off for Philadelphia. He is the kind of teammate that’s willing to give it his all.

The Ability To Adapt During Games Is Something Wentz Has Greatly Improved

Washington’s outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan ripped the Philly quarterback’s jersey trying to sack him in Wentz’s first encounter against the Redskins last season. Kerrigan’s pressure shook Wentz early in the game, and he struggled to adapt. Fast forward to this season, and things have changed enormously. Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers strip-sacked Wentz in the first quarter of last week’s game and Carson shook it off. He went on to throw for three touchdowns and led the Eagles to a big victory in Charlotte. This Eagles quarterback is learning to adapt to different defensive schemes, and that’s an excellent sign.

Having The Right Arsenal On Offense Helps

The right teammates can help Wentz avoid a big nosedive in regards to production. The Eagles did not have players like running back LeGarrette Blount, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, or a confident wide receiver like Nelson Agholor last season. What helps a quarterback get back up is knowing that his teammates are behind him no matter what. That alone can boost confidence in the quarterback and the team.

It’s Too Soon For The Wentz For MVP Campaign To Commence

First and foremost, it’s only Week 7. I know Eagles fans are excited about Wentz and are in love with the way he’s been playing this season. He’s playing some good football, but there are still some things he has to improve on before he can receive the MVP trophy. Another thing Wentz has to do is prove that he can keep it going beyond the first half of the season. A big nosedive is not likely, but Wentz’s production will eventually slow down, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The future is bright, Philly.