One of the most impressive performances of the opening weekend came from Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.
Pro Football Focus gave him their highest grade for a rookie quarterback in week one since Cam Newton in 2011.
Carson Wentz’s Week 1 passing grade was the highest earned by a rookie QB in Week 1 since Cam Newton in 2011. pic.twitter.com/I5N64GEMjp
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 13, 2016
Wentz, the second-overall pick in the 2016 draft, was spectacular on Sunday. He went 22-28 for 267 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in the Eagles 29-10 victory against the Cleveland Browns.
In Newton’s opener he lived up to every expectation with a scintillating performance against the Arizona Cardinals. He went 24-37 for 422 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a loss.
That is lofty company for the young quarterback who wasn’t even expected to start this season. The Eagles traded Sam Bradford and decided to start on their future in the present.
Wentz will eventually suffer through growing pains just like Newton. The Panthers quarterback threw for 400 yards in his second game, but tallied three interceptions along with only one touchdown pass.
The Eagles had the number two pick for a reason. They struggled last season and eventually fired head coach Chip Kelly. Jordan Matthews was a solid receiver for the Eagles last season and had a very good game against the Browns, 7 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. However, that is not the same as starting a career with Steve Smith Sr. as a number-one option.
Time will tell with Wentz, but the Eagles have to be thrilled with a debut that no one could’ve expected.