Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz started out his rookie season on absolute fire. The 2016 No. 2 overall pick led his squad to a 3-0 record while throwing five touchdowns and zero picks in his first three starts.
At that point, overreations were widespread. Could Wentz become the latest rookie quarterback to perform at an exceptionally high level? Was it possible that he could lead the previously downtrodden Eagles to a surprising playoff appearance?
Well, those questions were answered in short from. Wentz and the Eagles would go on to lose nine of their final 13 games. During that span, the former North Dakota State standout threw just 11 touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions.
While initial indications of Wentz’s ability to jump in as an NFL-caliber starter were overblown, so were his struggles. Most rookie quarterbacks go through growing pains. For Wentz, that was only magnified by the team’s disastrous situation at wide receiver.
Now, heading into his first full offseason program, Wentz has two new receivers in the form of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to toss the rock to. Things surely are looking up for the young quarterback.
And if you ask one unnamed NFL head coach, it surely looks like those within the league think he has what it takes to lead Philadelphia to the Super Bowl.
“You can win a Super Bowl with that kid,” an unnamed NFL head coach recently told Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly.
Whether that unnamed source is in fact Eagles head coach Doug Pederson remains to be seen.
But much like what we’ve seen with other young signal callers, it’s all about a supporting cast for Wentz. Should Philadelphia provide him with the players to be successful, there’s absolutely no reason he won’t progress as his career moves forward.
What we do know is that Philadelphia is in a much better position after adding both Jeffery and Smith in free agency. What the team does in this month’s draft could go a long way in helping provide Wentz with even more weapons on offense.