No Sophomore Slump For Carson Wentz


Despite a weak receiving core to work with, Carson Wentz had himself a respectable rookie campaign, throwing for 3,762 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

With a full season under his belt, there's no reason to think Carson Wentz won't be the real deal and we saw a few glimpses of that throughout the season.  In two of his first three weeks in the NFL, Wentz combined for 579 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He also only threw one interception through the first games of the season.

Tight end Zach Ertz was the leading receiver, catching 78 passes for 816 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jordan Matthews was the #1 wide receiver, and there was a plethora of guys throughout the year serving as the #2 and #3, such as Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and Josh Huff. Darren Sproles was third on the team in receptions.

Not a recipe for a successful rookie quarterback, but Wentz held his own.

2017 will be a different story. The Eagles went out and got their franchise QB some help, bringing in the best available receiver in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith who is a deep ball threat.

Jeffery has battled injuries and horrendous quarterback play the past two seasons, limiting him to just 21 games and six touchdowns. However, in 2013 and 2014 he combined for 2,554 yards and 17 touchdowns. We all know what type of numbers Jeffery is capable of putting up, but it'll take a healthy season and solid quarterback play to get back to being that kind of player.

Torrey Smith is not a guy whose going to catch a ton of passes, but he'll make the most of each one. For his career, Smith is averaging 17 yards per catch. He's a perfect fit with the Eagles as they'll view him as a home run type receiver, relying on Jeffery, Matthews, Ertz, and Sproles to handle most of the targets.

A good run game makes passing a whole lot easier. Last year, the Eagles ranked 19th, averaging 4.1 yards per rush.  Their long run of 30 yards was second worst in the league. However, they did rank 10th in yards per game and rushing touchdowns, but overall the team was inconsistent on the ground.

Philly went out and made improvements to their run game, bringing in veteran LeGarrette Blount to be their primary back. Blount spent the last two seasons in New England, rushing for 1,864 yards and 24 touchdowns. Of course, Blount is coming off a ridiculous season, leading the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns, as he helped Tom Brady and the Patriots win yet another Super Bowl.

Ryan Mathews and Wendell Smallwood will compete for carries behind Blount, as Sproles will be used primarily on passing downs.

Wentz will have five guys in the passing game he can count on this season, assuming they stay healthy of course. The Eagles offense will be able to compete with the best of them this year, giving the Cowboys and Giants a run for their money. Carson Wentz has a chance to have a monster sophomore season.

I expect Wentz to throw for 4,000 yards and easily 25+ touchdowns.

We ranked Wentz as the 19th QB in our inital rankings