Here’s a scary thought for the rest of the NFL: Carson Wentz is getting better.
Every single game.
At least that’s what we’ve seen from him in the four games since he returned from that ACL surgery this season. He’s improved in every contest by almost every measurable metric.
“I think he's just getting more comfortable with the speed of the game, having missed so much time throughout the offseason and training camp,” offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. “I think he's settling in nicely and finding his rhythm.”
Wentz would probably say the only stat he cares about is wins and the Eagles are just 2-2 in the four games he’s started this season. But if he keeps getting better like he has the last month, he’s going to give the Eagles a chance to win every game on the rest of the schedule.
Right now, he’s beginning to look like the guy who was on track to win the league’s MVP last season before taking that hit on his left knee in Los Angeles on Dec. 10.
You might remember that Wentz didn’t begin that season as an MVP candidate. Through four games, he was good, but not great. He had a passer rating of 90.5 with six touchdowns and two interceptions. From there, he has a passer rating of over 100 in six of his final nine starts.
And it all began after his fourth start. He’s four starts into this season. He might be about to go on a run.
What’s even scarier is that we might see some additional growth being that this is Wentz’s third season in the NFL. He might be getting back to where he was last year and then, he might pass it.
Over the last month, we’ve already seen those flashes.
It certainly looks like Wentz is getting more and more comfortable, but does he feel that way?
“Obviously the outcome might look that way based on statistical performance and things like that,” he said. “But, like I’ve been saying, I felt good when I came back. I felt good within the offense.
“I think it’s really just a culmination of us finally settling in collectively as a unit, finding who we are and, like we’ve talked a lot about, just finally eliminating a lot of those small detail mistakes we had been making. And it was good to put one together the other night.”
Wentz might have felt comfortable from the beginning and even got a win in his first game back, but he was clearly a better quarterback last Thursday than he was in Week 3 against the Colts.
Maybe Wentz is just too close to the situation or maybe he just doesn’t want to admit that it’s been a little bit of a process to feel like himself again. That would be understandable.
But just about everyone else agrees we’ve seen growth from No. 11 in each game he’s played so far. Quarterbacks coach Press Taylor thinks it was a combination of Wentz getting back into rhythm and his teammates getting used to playing with him.
“I think all of that continues to progress,” Taylor said. “He gets better every single week and that’s what we expect of our offense as well.”
That’s gotta be scary for 31 other teams.
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