Carson Wentz made an early case that he should have been the first quarterback selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Wentz was solid in his NFL debut and showed few signs of rookie jitters in the process. The rookie QB completed four of his first five passes en route to a Philadelphia Eagles 29-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The No. 2 pick out of North Dakota State out performed Browns new quarterback Robert Griffin III. Wentz passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the win. His performance resulted in a 101 passer rating.
“My touchdown catch and Nelson’s (Agholor), you can’t throw those any better,” Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews said after the game, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He’s putting them right where they need to be.”
Wentz’s first touchdown throw was an excellent pass to Matthews for a 19-yard touchdown.
The Eagles provided Wentz with a recipe of success during his first contest — solid offensive line play and good contributions in the run game.
Philadelphia’s O-line gave Wentz a solid pocket to throw from. He was only sacked two times for a total of eight yards. On the ground, the Eagles combined for 133 yards and one touchdown.
From his play on Sunday, Wentz is already way ahead of the quarterback who went one spot ahead of him in this year’s draft.