Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a rough first season on the stat sheet as a rookie. His performance though shows promise for the future of the Eagles franchise.
Wentz has recently been compared two-time Super Bowl Champion and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Physically, both quarterbacks are 6’5” and weigh nearly the same (Wentz at 237 and Roethlisberger at 240).
Roethlisberger is a future Hall of Fame quarterback, but some people forget his early career. In his first three years in Pittsburgh, he had a 52-43 TD-INT ratio. He did manage, however, to win a Super Bowl in only his second year as a starter. Maybe Wentz can copy Roethlisberger and do the same in the 2017 season?
Wide receiver and newest receiver Torrey Smith spoke on 97.5 The Fanatic about Wentz’s skill and who he reminds him of:
“First of all, he can make every throw. He’s not limited in any way athletically. He also has tons of composure. There are times where things didn’t go his way … Whether it was execution by the guys on the outside or the offensive line, or himself, he just didn’t seem to lose confidence. That’s important at the quarterback position. Things aren’t always going to be perfect. Receivers aren’t going to catch every pass. Linemen aren’t always going to make every block and he isn’t going to make every throw. Seeing how he responds to adversity says a lot about him and about his make-up. I think you see some Ben [Roethlisberger]. I think he’s his own person. The more I’ve learned about him, I love his work ethic from afar.”
Wentz has made a clear impact on his new teammates and the rest of the Eagles organization ever since he was drafted. Like Roethlisberger, Wentz has the potential to grow with a developing team into something great that can possibly thrive for seasons to come.