No matter the outcome for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 season, the continued maturation of quarterback Carson Wentz is one of the most important outlooks
While Wentz will be under the microscope for every move he makes this season as a result of ever-growing expectations, there are three keys to seeing his development continue in the right direction.
Improvement throwing the deep ball
After spending time this offseason with QB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House, Wentz’s mechanics are going to be heavily evaluated. The Eagles QB’s mechanics will be particularly under the microscope when throwing the ball down field.
It was something Wentz struggled with at times last year, not having as much zip on the ball, underthrowing a good amount of them.
With the additions of Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith, it’s something Wentz and the Eagles offensive coaching staff have been heavily working on during camp.
So far in camp, Wentz has been looking pretty sharp throwing overall, including going deep. He especially lit it up during Sunday’s open practice at Lincoln Financial Field.
Leading comeback/road victories
If you’re going to be a franchise quarterback, leading your team to victory from early deficits is critical, especially on the road.
That really didn’t happen in 2016, including outside The Linc where the Eagles were a miserable 1-7.
In a game at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants, Wentz just missed Jordan Matthews for what would’ve been the game-winning touchdown. In a home game against the Washington Redskins, Wentz and the offense came up short in a comeback drive.
The closest Wentz came was when the Eagles nearly stole one in Baltimore, running in for the would-be tying touchdown, but Philly failed the two-point conversion to try and win the game in regulation.
With the Eagles facing a brutal schedule, Wentz will have plenty of some of these opportunities under his belt.
Leading more wins in the NFC East
This goes without saying, but the Eagles were atrocious in the division in 2016 at just 2-4 – one of those against the Dallas Cowboys resting starters in Week 17.
If Wentz can bring it all onto the field where it counts, it undoubtedly will lead to good things for the Eagles this season and in the future.
Matt Catrillo is a Philadelphia Eagles Contributor for ProFootballSpot. You can follow him on Twitter @MCatrillo. For more coverage on the Eagles and the NFL from Matt, tune in to the Football Friday Podcast.